Delighting in God

—“Looking for Pleasure in All the Right Places” Ephesians 3:7–4:6

  • Andrew Fountain – Jan 28, 2018

 
 
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Delighting in God

A felt sense of delight in God is a very important part of the Christian life.

  1. Why this is the case
  2. Examples and stories
  3. How do we get there?

Ephesians 3:7-4:6

1 Peter 1

  1. Though you have not seen him, you love him.
    Though you do not now see him, you believe in him
    and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

Ephesians 5:25–30

  1. Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her
  2. to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word,
  3. so that he may present the church to himself as glorious—not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.
  4. In the same way husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
  5. For no one has ever hated his own body but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church,
  6. for we are members of his body.

Delighting in God

A felt sense of delight in God is a very important part of the Christian life.

  1. Why this is the case
  2. Examples and stories
  3. How do we get there?

David: Psalm 16

  1. “In your presence is fullness of joy
    At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Paul: Philippians 3

  1. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
  2. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
  3. and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
  4. that I may know him and the power of his resurrection…

Samuel Rutherford Sands of Time

O Christ he is the fountain, the deep, sweet well of love.
The streams on earth I’ve tasted, more deep I’ll drink above.
There to an ocean fullness his mercy will expand,
with glory, glory dwelling in Immanuel’s land.

Sands of Time

The bride eyes not her garment but her dear bridegroom’s face.
I will not glaze at glory but on my king of grace;
not at the crown he gives me but on his nail-pierced hand;
the Lamb is all the glory of Immanuel’s land.

Sarah Edwards

Delighting in God

A felt sense of delight in God is a very important part of the Christian life.

1. Why this is the case
  • A deep and rich enjoyment of God will make us so satisfied it will be easy to resist sin
  • A joy in God will energise us to living lives for him
2. Examples and stories

3. How do we get there?

There is no other way to victory in the Christian life

  1. You have to be hungry. Be unsatisfied. There is so much more!
  2. Seek his presence: James 4:8, Heb 11:6, Ps 16:11
  3. The greatest delight is to experience how much he love us

Ephesians 3

  1. [I pray that…] you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
  2. and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Romans 8

  1. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
  2. …No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!
  3. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers,
  4. nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.