How to Enjoy God

Enjoying God through the beauty of his creation (sunrise off the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Enjoying God through the beauty of his creation. (Sunrise off the Outer Banks of North Carolina)

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4

In my last several posts I laid out the case for enjoying God and how we should prepare to enjoy God.  Now I’d like to discuss practical ways we can enjoy God:

We enjoy God by conscientiously and consistently spending time with him. – You might be tempted to say if I am a Christian I have the Holy Spirit living inside of me and I am never truly apart from God.  Didn’t David ask rhetorically in referring to God in Psalm 139:7, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?”  This is of course true.  God is the fixed reference point.  However what can change is our awareness of dwelling in God’s presence.  This point was driven home to me on my drive into work last Friday.  It was a beautiful sunny day and the tall buildings that make up Pittsburgh’s skyline were in plain view.  There have been other days where my view of the buildings was obscured by fog.  I could not see the buildings through the low lying clouds, but I did not doubt their location or existence.

There are times in our lives when worry, doubts, fears and temptation obscure our view of God and we doubt his abiding presence.  Conscientiously and consistently spending time with God through the practice of the spiritual disciplines of prayer, reading the Bible and worship are reminders to us of God’s omnipresence.  There are times we might see these disciples as simply chores to be checked off of a list, but if undertaken with the right mindset, the spiritual disciples can burn off the haze and fog from our souls and help us to see God more clearly.

We enjoy God by being in relationship with other people. – God is a relational being.  There is relationship and communion among the three persons of the Godhead, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is entirely complete within himself and is in need of nothing.  God created mankind in his image and with freewill not out of any need but it was God’s desire to be in relationship with mankind.  God wanted mankind to love him out of choice, not instinct.

Being made in God’s image we too are relational beings.  But for some relationships have not been a source of enjoyment but rather deep pain.  In some cases those entrusted to love have abused that trust.  This is but one of the many ways that the curse of original sin has corrupted what God intended as good.  Despite this corruption, relationships can remain a great source of enjoyment.  When I think about what has brought me the greatest source of enjoyment has been experiences and not things.  Those experiences have been shared with others, perhaps just God and me or with a wider audience.

We enjoy God be enjoying his creation. – Being made in God’s image, man has the ability to create works of beauty, be it mechanical, art, literature or song.  However man has not been able to create works that rival those coming directly from the finger of God.  The greatest fireworks show cannot rival the awe and wonder of a lightning and thunder storm.  The lights of the Las Vegas strip pale in comparison to the starry host of a night sky.  The hues of a Van Gogh or Monet cannot rival the color palette of a southwest sunset or a tropical fish.  As poet Joyce Kilmer so aptly penned, “poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.”

We enjoy God by enjoying his provisions. – Money and material things are amoral, that is they are neither good nor bad.  Scriptures do not condemn money, but rather have much to say about the wise management of it.  The Bible points out that is the love of money that is the problem (1 Tim 6:9, Heb. 13:5).  As Francis Bacon said, “money makes a good servant, but a bad master.”   If we place our lives under the lordship of Jesus Christ, we can worship the giver and appreciate his gifts.

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  1. As always, right on the mark. I’m reminded of Psalm 13, in which David asks God how long He will hide His face from David. . . .when we are not enjoying God, it is not because HE moved away.