SOS 1:2 – May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is sweeter than wine.

If you really take a minute and think about it, all of our endeavors in life are the pursuit of some sort of joy and pleasure. The businessman finds pleasure in his financial success in the harvest of finance that can bless his family and buy the things in life he enjoys. The athlete enjoys the completion and the applause that accompanies his victories. The mom labors night and day for her children for the joy she finds in their joyful faces and their healthy development. Even the alcoholic is pursuing pleasure in his escape from the troubles that the day to day brings. The problem we all face in our human experience; none of these pleasures last. They are all temporary and only a shadow of the lasting pleasure found in knowing Christ. Here is how Spurgeon describes this joy.

“Where can we find such sweetness like we have tasted in unity with our Beloved? In our opinion, the joys of earth are little better than husks for pigs compared with Jesus, the heavenly manna. We would rather have one mouthful of Christ’s love, and a sip of his fellowship, than a whole world full of physical delights. What is the chaff to the wheat? What is the sparkling plastic to the true diamond? What is a dream to the glorious reality? What is life’s happiness at its best compared to our Lord Jesus in His most detested condition? If you know anything of the spiritual life, you will confess that our highest, purest, and most enduring joys must be the tree of life’s fruit, which is in the middle of the Paradise of God. All earthly bliss is of the earth, but the comforts of Christ’s presence are like Himself, heavenly. We can reflect on our communion with Jesus and find no regrets of emptiness.…. For nourishment, consolation, exhilaration, and refreshment, no wine can rival the love of Jesus. Let us drink until full.”

How long has it been since you had a good drink of the new wine of the Holy Spirit? He is our joy in this life and will be our joy in eternity. Nehemiah said “the joy of the Lord is our strength”. Exactly! His joy satisfies and strengthens us in our day to day struggles. Go ahead and have a drink of the new wine, your day will go a whole lot better.

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