I was away from GFC this week, preaching at another church. That meant that I had to wait till this afternoon to hear Paul’s sermon on delight in God. It caused me to think hard again about the presence and / or absence of delight in God in my heart and in my life. I highly recommend it to you.

As I was listening, my thoughts went back to Augustine (as they just about always do). Here’s a passage from Augustine, where he thinks about the delight in God that is ours in Christ. Imagine: God commands us to delight in him, because he knows that’s where we will find the greatest delight! That’s amazing!

Who will grant me to rest content in you? To whom shall I turn for the gift of your coming into my heart and filling it to the brim, so that I may forget all the wrong I have done and embrace you alone, my only source of good?

Why do you mean so much to me? Help me to find words to ex­plain. Why do I mean so much to you, that you should command me to love you? And if I fail to love you, you are angry and threaten me with great sorrow, as if not to love you were not sorrow enough in itself. Have pity on me and help me, O Lord my God. Tell me why you mean so much to me. Whisper in my heart, I am here to save you (Ps 35.3). Speak so that I may hear your words. My heart has ears ready to listen to you, Lord. Open them wide and whisper in my heart, I am here to save you. I shall hear your voice and make haste to clasp you to myself. Do not hide your face away from me, for I would gladly meet my death to see it, since not to see it would be death indeed. 

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Taken from Confessions, trans. R.S. Pine-Coffin (Penguin Classics ed.), 24.