Eat, O friend; yea, drink; yea, be drunken.
I often think of a revival video of Kenneth Hagin that was recorded not long before he went to be with the Lord. He was ministering at what seemed to be a minister’s conference when the anointing fell on him powerfully, actually it fell on almost everyone at the meeting. Brother Hagin was incredibly intoxicated and filled with joy, he was obviously enjoying the presence of the Lord. One thing that I vividly remember from the video was him stoping in front of several prominent ministers and crying out, “Drunk again!” It was really quite funny and seemed to be setting everyone off, the more they laughed apparently the drunker they got. That is one of the things about spiritual drinking or spiritual intoxication. There is actually no such thing as overdoing it. With worldly behavior moderation is the key. There is no such guidelines when it comes to spiritual intoxication. It seems like more is actually better. Jonathan Edwards actually came to the same conclusion. Here are some of his comments from today’s verse.
“If the greatest good that God gives them is himself, what can God give more than himself? He gives himself with all his attributes, power, glory, dominion, and majesty. And he gives himself in the highest possible enjoyment to his people, as much as they can desire, or are capable of. And he gives himself to fully satisfy their happiness. For giving himself, he gives all things. Therefore Christ says to his people, “Eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved”. There is no such thing as excess in our taking of this spiritual food. There is no such virtue as temperance in spiritual feasting.”
If you think about it, the Lord loves to display His glory and His goodness. How does He do that? The greatest way is in the life of His sons and daughters. We used to delight in other things (those other things were often sketchy at best). Now that we have tasted that the Lord is good He has actually become our highest joy. The more we delight in Him the happier we become. Direct contact with the Lord through worship, prayer, the word, or ministry sometimes causes our cup to overflow. This can result in strange, somewhat intoxicating behavior. Before you get all judgmental or self righteous judging something you have never experienced just stop for a moment. Maybe, just maybe, there is more available to you in Christ than you know and maybe it is all about His glory and your joy.