ENJOY GOD

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ENJOY GOD

“Sing hymns to God;
all heaven, sing out;
clear the way for the coming of Cloud-Rider.
Enjoy God,
cheer when you see him!” Psalm 68:4 [MSG]

Enjoy God.

This is not a phrase you often hear. We are used to hearing ‘serve God’, ‘worship God’, ‘fear God’, ‘love God’; but we, I’ll wager, have never ever heard anyone say to us ‘hey, enjoy God’. Yet, there it is, written by King David, recorded for all time. But how do we enjoy God? Well beloved, let us spend some time today resting in His love and letting our Father show us just how to enjoy Him.

“Sing to God, sing praises to His name, cast up a highway for Him Who rides through the deserts—His name is the Lord—be in high spirits and glory before Him!” Psalm 68:4 [AMPC]

When was the last time you enjoyed being in someone’s company? How did you spend the time? How did that make you feel? Was it rewarding for you? Why was it satisfying? Why did you enjoy the company? It could have been a round of golf, shopping, having a simple meal or even just hanging out in the park or by the beach. It did not have to be even remotely romantic. Yet, I am sure that the last time you enjoyed someone’s company, your needs were met, you felt fulfilled, you felt safe and your spirit was invigorated; and I am quite sure you left in high spirits.

Now, if that happens in the company of just a friend, imagine how much more enjoyable time spent with our Father is; for if you were feeling low, if you were wronged, if you were disadvantaged, or taken advantage of, and you went to Him, just like you would your friend, He not only listens and empathizes, He restores.

“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” Psalm 68:5-6

Your friend, despite all the best of intentions, can only empathize and advise. At the most, they may be able to point you in a certain direction or make a recommendation to someone else who might be able to help you out. But our Father actually does something about it. And not only does He restore, He makes sure you are better off than if you were never disadvantaged. Not only are you set free of your bondage to your situation, you prosper in the new land in which you are set in.

And unlike hanging out with someone you enjoy, which often merely entails being in one place and talking about things, being in our Father’s company takes you places.

“God, when you took the lead with your people,
when you marched out into the wild,
Earth shook, sky broke out in a sweat;
God was on the march.
Even Sinai trembled at the sight of God on the move,
at the sight of Israel’s God.
You pour out rain in buckets, O God;
thorn and cactus become an oasis
For your people to camp in and enjoy.
You set them up in business;
they went from rags to riches.” Psalm 68:7-10 [MSG]

When you are in the company of our Father, He leads you. And even if you are walking in the wild, He goes before you and pours out for you rain till even your desert become an oasis and you go from rags to riches.

But this is not all talk. This is not merely figures of speech. Our Father does not merely make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. He blesses and provides with things that are practical, tangible, and relevant for your day and situation, as it is written.

“Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!” Psalm 103:5 [AMPC]

Just look at what He did for Israel when He led them in the wilderness.

“Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.”” Exodus 16:12

So when David talked about our Father pouring out the rain till even the ‘thorns and cactus became an oasis’, he wasn’t even close; because it was raining bread and meat too.

And you know what? The life spent in the company of our Father is a life of complete ease and rest because even when,

“The kings of the enemies’ armies, they flee, they flee! She who tarries at home divides the spoil [left behind].
Though you [the slackers] may lie among the sheepfolds [in slothful ease, yet for Israel] the wings of a dove are covered with silver, its pinions excessively green with gold [are trophies taken from the enemy].” Psalm 68:12-13 [AMPC]

Even if you are lazy, even if you are delayed because you felt like sleeping in that day, even if you cannot keep up with our Father’s ‘holiness’, it is ok, you will still divide the spoils that our Father provides. This is because our Father really does not believe in giving ‘good’ only when you do ‘good’; He gives good because He loves you.

And yes, you did see the word ‘slothful’. You see, even though the world thinks of sloth as being a deadly sin, our Father says,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

He really is not like the landlord whom the workers in the Parable of the Vineyard made Him out to be. He really does not wish you to be slaving in the scorching sun. He wants you to be in restful ease, resting in His love and provision.

Now, this is not to say that our Father wants us lazy and irresponsible, of course not. And just like the workers whom the landlord hires to work in the vineyard, our Father will fill your life with purpose, for indeed,

“Let the thief steal no more, but rather let him be industrious, making an honest living with his own hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.” Ephesians 4:28 [AMPC]

Yet, “Do not overwork to be rich;
Because of your own understanding, cease!
Will you set your eyes on that which is not?
For riches certainly make themselves wings;
They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.” Proverbs 23:4-5

The purpose for our labor is not what we expect it to be. For us, our labor is to be a blessing, because our sustenance comes from our Father.

Beloved, when we are in the company of our Father, words cannot even adequately express just how much our Father is doing for us; so much so that the same verse is presented in different ways.

“Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation!” Psalm 68:19 [NKJV]

“Blessed be the Lord, Who bears our burdens and carries us day by day, even the God Who is our salvation! Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” Psalm 68:19 [AMPC]

Not only does He load us with benefits, He bears not only us, but also our burdens. He literally carries us on His shoulders every step of the way. So indeed, pause and very calmly think about what that means for you.

Beloved, being in the company of our Father does not entail being in abject fear and trepidation, wondering when He is about to smite you next. Our Father wants us to enjoy His company, enjoy His love for us, enjoy His protection over us, enjoy His provision for us. So the next time you are feeling low, the next time you have nowhere else to go, the next time you are hungry and thirsty, reach out for our Father and enjoy Him. He wants you to.

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