Flooded with Delight

Is not the LORD your God with you? – 1 Chronicles 22:18

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. – Psalm 16:11

There have been times when we have been in the house of prayer, or when we have been alone in our chamber, ay, in the middle of the night sometimes, when pain has kept us from sleeping or when we have felt that we did not want to sleep; for we have been flooded with delight. Did you ever feel that deep calm which sometimes comes over a believer, when there seems to be no evil in the world, when we could not invent a doubt if we tried, when we could not have a dark thought concerning our Lord? After our Savior had been tempted in the wilderness, angels came and ministered unto Him. Do you know what that experience is when there seem to be angels upstairs, and downstairs, and all through the house, ministering to you, and your life seems set to a gentle psalm tune, and instead of the sound of the trumpet calling you to battle, there is only the dulcet music of an instrument of ten strings praising the God who has given you rest? So, when the question is put, “Is not the Lord your God with you?” you can answer, “Ay, that He is, and blessed be His holy name!” Oh, what a blessing it is to live with a present God! If anyone says to me that there is no God, He might as well tell me that there is no air. I cannot see it, but I know that I am living in it, and that I could not live without it; so, “in Him we live, and move, and have our being.” The Lord is life, and light, and love, and liberty, and all in all to some of us. “Is not the Lord your God with you?” is no question to us, for we know that He is with us, and we glorify His holy name that so it is.

“And art Thou with us, gracious Lord,
To dissipate our fear?
Dost thou proclaim Thyself our God,
Our God for ever near?”

~ C.H. Spurgeon


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