Psa. 16:11 ¶ You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
I couldn’t believe what I was experiencing. It was the fall of 1994 and I was having the time of my life. To say I was surprised has to be a huge understatement. I had been experiencing extreme joy for over a month. Joy was one thing but this was totally out of the box. It was laughing while preaching, when doing office work, during prayer, Bible reading, and church. Especially in church. This joy was of a different nature of anything I had ever known; it was spiritual or supernatural joy. I guess the contrast was what really got me. It was church work and its troubles that had caused me such pain and sorrow. Now I was caught up in extravagant joy. Jonathan Edwards tasted this joy from simply reading a verse of scripture. Listen to his explanation of this heavenly joy.
“The first that I remember that ever I found anything of that sort of inward, sweet delight in God and divine things, that I have lived much in since, was on reading those words, 1 Timothy 1:17, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever, Amen.” As I read the words, there came into my soul, and was as it were diffused through it, a sense of the glory of the divine being; a new sense, quite different from anything I ever experienced before. Never any words of Scripture seemed to me as these words did. I thought with myself, how excellent a Being that was; and how happy I should be, if I might enjoy that God, and be wrapt up to God in heaven, and be as it were swallowed up in him. I kept saying, and as it were singing over these words of Scripture to myself; and went to prayer, to pray to God that I might enjoy him; and prayed in a manner quite different from what I used to do; with a new sort of affection.”
Did you catch that? He said he had lived in this joy since it began. This is true spirituality. Not a new code or plan for success, but rather being filled with the extravagant love and joy of the Lord. This is my life, to spend my days in the pursuit of joy in God alone.