Psa. 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Have you going through a dry time in your spiritual life? I have often been encouraged in The Lord by looking to those who have gone before us and their spiritual experiences. Jonathan Edwards wrote a piece called Personal Narrative which describes various spiritual experiences that he had. In this work, He describes the time when God became real to him for the first time and how he began to have incredible joy in His relationship with Christ. Check out these powerful words describing the spiritual awakening of this young man in the 1700’s.
“The first that I remember that ever I found anything of that sort of inward, sweet delight in God and divine things, that I have lived much in since, was on reading those words, 1 Timothy 1:17, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever, Amen.” As I read the words, there came into my soul, and was as it were diffused through it, a sense of the glory of the divine being; a new sense, quite different from anything I ever experienced before. Never any words of Scripture seemed to me as these words did. I thought with myself, how excellent a Being that was; and how happy I should be, if I might enjoy that God, and be wrapt up to God in heaven, and be as it were swallowed up in him. I kept saying, and as it were singing over these words of Scripture to myself; and went to prayer, to pray to God that I might enjoy him; and prayed in a manner quite different from what I used to do; with a new sort of affection. But it never came into my thought, that there was anything spiritual, or of a saving nature in this.”
I love this beautiful terminology in Edwards’ description of the effect of this God encounter. He spoke about enjoying God. This is a foreign concept to many people in today’s world. He also said he was “wrapt up to god in heaven”. This is a description of someone who was experiencing the manifest anointing of the Spirit upon their life. Edwards also used the term “swallowed up in God”. What a powerful thought. Edwards was describing losing his own identity and taking up his new identity in Christ.
The next description is quite enlightening, he says he was “singing words of scripture to himself”. This reminds me of Paul’s words “singing to yourself in psalms and hymns and spiritual dongs”. Edwards singing the scripture to himself also brings up the words of David, “sing a new song to The Lord”.
Finally, Edwards talks praying in a new way with a new affection in his prayers! Wow! He is actually describing Spirit anointed prayers. He wasn’t praying in tongues but was praying in the Spirit or Spirit anointed prayers. Start your day delighting in God, you might just get the desires of your heart.