SPIRITUAL OXYMORON

SPIRITUAL OXYMORON

Psa. 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.

What a strange concept, delight and God in the same breath! Most of us in the USA have a similar childhood experience. We sat in church with our parents experiencing the most painful hour of the week. We would color on the programs or fidget in our seats, counting the minutes until we could go free. Sorry to say, that’s the way most treat all their spiritual exercises. That is why most don’t find time to read their Bibles, pray, or even attend church regularly (you can forget a mid-week service or a Bible study). Spiritual things are seen by most as an obligation that we just don’t enjoy very much. Our joy is in other things. John Piper speaks powerfully about this in his book “Desiring God”. Check out this excerpt.

“Once we had no delight in God, and Christ was just a vague historical figure. What we enjoyed was food and friendships and productivity and investments and vacations and hobbies and games and reading and shopping and sex and sports and art and TV and travel… but not God. He was an idea, even a good one, and a topic for discussion; but he was not a treasure of delight.
Then something miraculous happened. It was like the opening of the eyes of the blind during the golden dawn. First, the stunned silence before the unspeakable beauty of holiness. Then a shock and terror that we had actually loved the darkness. Then the stillness of joy that this is the soul’s end. The quest is over. We would give anything if we might be granted to live in the presence of this glory forever and ever.”

Piper is describing an experience with the grace of God. Augustine called it Sovereign joy. True conversion is just that, a TRUE CONVERSION. Suddenly, our affections, the things we love, begin to change. An internal, silent miracle has changed our heart. Shockingly, we now want to read our Bibles. We can’t wait for Sunday (especially Sunday night). We can’t understand why the services are so short (we really need to sing longer). We even find ourselves talking about spiritual things, football or politics are no longer our only interests. The presence of God becomes real to us and like David, we long for those precious times when we are caught up in Him. Now we know what the scripture means and it even makes sense, “Delight yourselves in The Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”. The crazy thing about that verse is this, once we actually delight in Him our desires have already changed, He has become the desire of our heart.
I have to laugh now when I think of those times as a child, me squirming next to my mom, my mom correcting me through clenched teeth, and God sitting in the heavens, laughing. Why was He laughing? He was thinking “If he only knew how close to him I really am”. He is close by and He is more magnificent than you can ever imagine.

7 Replies to “SPIRITUAL OXYMORON”

  1. Born again, breath on me Holy Spirit !!! The breath of life !!! Psalm 37: 3-5 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord , and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; [ ADONAI ] , trust in Him , and He will act.

  2. It is a marvelous thing to fall in love with Jesus. Head over heels we delight in what He delights in and our desires align with the very center of His will for us- this is both a place of fruitfulness and blessedness (happiness and joy). Walking hand in hand with the Living God, who could ask for more?

  3. I attended church for 33 years before experiencing Sovereign Joy (getting spirit filled and seriously, radically born again) and then it was 18 years before I experienced Most High Sovereign Joy (Revival). It is so sad that people don’t have any idea what they are missing. What’s even sadder is those who experience it in it’s fullest form and turn their back and go back to the world.

  4. So refreshing to experience this blog. I was out of country for almost 2 weeks and actually missed mid week service to rest (jet lag) cause I’m falling asleep at 6pm lately. But this blog,and morning prayer with Psalm 42 ( As a deer longs for water), and the constant reminder of the Spirit saying, “I am in you and you in me,” brings life to dry bones!!!!!

  5. Glory to Him, what an awesome God we serve. Let it rain on me, I love your Presence. Thank you Holy Spirit. Thank you for your refreshing anointing daily….. Blessings Pastor Frank. You are right I can’t wait till Sundays, day and night, even Wednesday. I remember i couldnt wait till Friday nights to go out to the quarter and drink beer and get drunk and dance. Now He has taken that from me and has transformed me from dancing in Clubs, to drinking and dancing in HIS Church. There is no place I rather be. I love Him.

  6. These blogs make we want to persue God’s presence in my personal home life, not just at church. I was sitting at a Starbucks, in Seattle, WA, reading a blog last week and a man began talking to me and he was a leader in a mystical, scientific, cult. The conversation lead to what the blog was talking about. I asked him to read the blog and he was touched. The blog was about Paul experiencing the presence of Jesus standing with him in the Mob. The man soon realized the Jesus he knew about and the Jesus Paul knows were two different people. He was very touched and moved and confessed that he had not read a Bible much at all in his life. It was a God moment. I asked him if he wanted to get a relationship with God like Paul had but he rushed out the door. I guess I need to pray and fast a little to get more spiritual authority over the spiritual forces in situations.
    God used that Blog. THanks for writing them. I read them many mornings before I begin my time with God.

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