Hannah prayed because her heart was exulted in victory over her enemies. Like her, God aids us in his work in the house of the Lord. Our hearts will therefore rejoice in his salvation. He counsels and instructs us and we shall not be moved. Our souls rejoice because he shows us the path of life, where there is fullness of joy, and pleasures forevermore. It is for the righteous to rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him. With the gifts of thanksgiving and praise we will declare, “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation” (Isa. 12:2 NRSV).
Enjoyment of Christ
Prussian philosopher, and diplomat, Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767 – 1835), founder of Humboldt University in Berlin, wrote, “True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.” To be spiritually attuned takes a discerning mind and healthy body. When persons accept our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in their lives, he paves the way for his enjoyment.
To some, living in pain can still mean happiness in Christ. Jean-Jacques Rosseau (1712 – 1778), Francophone philosopher, and composer, stated, “I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described.” In every biblical account this is what the essence of our lives will be in heaven. There is nothing to compare it with. We are blessed with such a gift by his amazing grace.
Pioneer, woodsman, and frontiersman, Daniel Boone (1734 -1820) thought, “Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; and I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatever state he is.” Knowing we are saved, and assured of salvation are marks of contentment. It will be a great joy to experience salvation!
DeWitt Clinton (1769 -1828), politician, naturalist, and former Governor of New York, thought, “Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in frame, unlimited in space and indefinite in duration.” He must have been thinking what was the right sort of knowledge. This comes through the Holy Spirit who is true and divine, and will be with us until the end of time. To embrace these gifts we must tap into God’s inestimable abundance of goodness.
It’s only through divine knowledge we will be successful. Author and impresario, Napoleon Hill (1883 – 1970) remarked, “Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which comes only to man who has found the work he likes best.” One way to ascend the mountaintop of success is when we are lifted up by the Lord, Jesus Christ. He is the author – of our salvation, who knows our hearts. With these insights we will live with peace and cherish his goodness.
As for our motivation, nothing assures us more security than the Holy Spirit. John C. Maxwell (b. 1947), author, speaker, and pastor, reminds us, “Enjoyment is an incredible energizer to the human spirit.” With the Holy Spirit, we are certain to know the beauty of Christ’s blessings in our lives. Through him, we are renewed, fulfilled, and enlivened to do his work, and your mission for him will never fail.