Communion with God (4)

How is our love like his love?

They are both a love of rest and pleasure. The love of God is so. Zeph. iii. 17, “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy, he will rest in his love; he will joy over thee with  singing.” Both these things are here assigned unto God in his love, — REST and DELIGHT.  God on account of his own love, so full, so every way complete and absolute, will not complain of any thing in them whom he loves, but he is silent on the account thereof. It is also fixed, for ever.  To have joy of heart in gladness, is the highest expression of delight in love. To rejoice with gladness of heart, to exult with singing and praise, argues the greatest delight. Manifest in when he said to the Son, “This is my beloved Son in whom I rest well pleased.” (Matt.3:17). Because we are “in the Son” he says this to us-JK!

And consequently ours: ” I will give you rest.” (Matt.11:28. “Whom have I,” saith he, “in
heaven but thee and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee,” (Ps. 73:25). Thus the soul
gathers itself from all its wanderings, from all other beloveds, to rest in God alone, — to satiate
and content itself in him; choosing the Father for his present and eternal rest. And this also with
delight. “Thy loving-kindness,” saith the psalmist, “is better than life; therefore will I praise thee,”
(Ps. 63: 3). “Than life,” — before lives. Life, in the whole continuance of it, with all its advantages whatever, is at least intended. He found more sweetness in God than in a long life, under its best and most noble considerations, attended with all enjoyments that make it pleasant and comfortable.

 

 

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