(John Flavel, "The Fountain of Life" 1691)
"Yes, He is
altogether lovely! This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend!" Song of Songs
"Whom have I in Heaven but you? Earth has nothing I desire
besides You!" Psalm 73:25
Christ is the very essence of all delights
and pleasures--the very soul and substance of them! As all the rivers are
gathered into the ocean, which is the meeting-place of all the waters in the
world--so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures
Are our desires for Christ ARDENT? Has Christ the supreme place
in our hearts? Do we esteem all things but dung that we may win Christ and be
found in Him?
Are our desires for Christ UNIVERSAL? Is everything
about Christ desirable in our eyes? The hypocrite is for a divided
Christ. The true believer loves . . .
both His government and His
both His sovereignty and His mercy,
both His Lordship and His
Do our desires after Christ lead us to EFFORT--to use all the
means of grace to accomplish His will?
He is revealed in His Word--do we
He is preached in the gospel--do we hear it?
He will be found
by those who seek Him--do we earnestly seek Him?
Are our desires after
Christ PERMANENT--or only a sudden fit of emotion, fear or impulse? If our
hearts and our longing for communion with Him--we will only be satisfied when we
awake with His likeness. Nothing that this world affords can possibly take us
from this goal!
Do our desires after Christ spring from a DEEP SENSE OF
OUR NEED of Christ? Has conviction of sin opened our eyes . . .
to see our
to feel our burden of sin,
to understand our inability, and
to make us sensible that the only remedy lies in the Lord Jesus
Bread and wine are made necessary by hunger and thirst. Christ is
only precious to those who need Him!
"My soul yearns for You in the
night; in the morning my spirit longs for You!" Isaiah 26:9
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan