BLAST ALL THE GOURDS…
Psa. 36:8 They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house;
And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.
All of us have a huge appetite for joy. Actually, it is a God-sized appetite. Just think about it, no species other than human beings has such a longing for pleasure. This longing for pleasure was created in all of us by God; it was twisted and distorted by the fall. It’s not that our desires for pleasure are too strong, they are just misdirected. Humans from the dawn of time have been hotly in pursuit of pleasure, we can’t help ourselves. It is in the very make up of our being. Charles Spurgeon spoke about the satisfying of that pursuit. Check this out.
“Blast all his gourds (like Jonah), and he will find shadow beneath the Rock of Ages; sap the foundation of his earthly hopes, but his heart will still be fixed, trusting in the Lord. The heart is as insatiable as the grave till Jesus enters it, and then it is a cup full to overflowing. There is such a fullness in Christ that he alone is the believer’s all. The true saint is so completely satisfied with the all-sufficiency of Jesus that he thirsts no more-except it be for deeper draughts of the living fountain. In that sweet manner, believer, shalt thou thirst; it shall not be a thirst of pain, but of loving desire; thou wilt find it a sweet thing to be panting after a fuller enjoyment of Jesus’ love. One in days of yore said, I have been sinking my bucket down into the well full often, but now my thirst after Jesus has become so insatiable, that I long to put the well itself to my lips, and drink right on. Is this the feeling of thine heart now, believer? Dost thou feel that all thy desires are satisfied in Jesus, and that thou hast no want now, but to know more of him, and to have closer fellowship with him? Then come continually to the fountain, and take of the water of life freely. Jesus will never think you take too much, but will ever welcome you, saying, Drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.”
Spurgeon is describing the only thing that will fulfill our thirst for joy in this life, drinking from the well of Living water provided for us when we meet Jesus. Have you been to the fountain? David called it a “river of delights”, Jesus called it a “well of living water”, and Ezekiel said “it was a river we can swim in”. Every generation has those that discover and embrace this joy of all joys that satisfies the seemingly unsatisfiable soul of man. Have you found this unseen river? If you have, you would know. Even though it can’t be seen with our natural eyes it is more real than any natural river you have ever swam in. Once you discover this river of joy, the unsatisfiable thirst in your soul will finally be slaked.
PLANTED BY THE RIVER
Psa. 1:1-3 ¶ Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.
It’s one thing to visit a river, it’s another thing all together to live there. Being planted by the river is the only way to bring fruit in times of drought. Rivers are the life source of everything around it. When something is planted by the river, it is no longer subject to the random changes that may take place from day to day. As the scripture says in Jeremiah, he is unaffected by the times of drought. For a Christian, being planted by the river includes being planted in the word of God. There is always a repeating change of climate in the passing fads of pseudo-christianity. If we are planted in the word we will not even be phased by the clatter of hip, erroneous teaching but will enjoy a productive walk with God, enjoying His bounty in our lives.
One of the current, often repeated doctrinal errors is a version of universalism or ultimate reconciliation. It was repackaged last year under the handle,”Love Wins”. The spin goes something like this, how could a loving God send someone to eternal punishment. Of course, the natural man eats this up. Live carnally and there are no repercussions. Biblical Christianity teaches a foundational doctrine called propitiation. We can see this reflected in John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
Actually, all of mankind is suffering the ramifications of the fall of man. God is a God of mercy, He is also a God of justice. That is the amazing beauty of the cross. At the cross, mercy and justice have met. Christ became a man and satisfied the justice of God by judging man’s sins in Jesus Christ. That’s what John was saying, when we believe in the Son we receive life. If we reject His love, the wrath of God falls upon us. How incredible is the love and wisdom of God. In one act He displays His justice, judging our sins in Christ and at the same time, offering His endless mercy in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Christ died to save sinners. His death shockingly justifies the ungodly.
So, are you planted by the river? Are your roots going deep down into His word. Embrace the foundational doctrines of our faith. These truths bring incredible encouragement to our souls. If you are planted by the river of His word, you will be immovable when the newest, rehashed doctrinal heresy comes knocking at your door. You will be bringing forth fruit in all seasons, drawing life from the River of God.