So, what was the psalmist crying out for in Psalm 4:6? “Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” That prayer is answered supremely when God causes the eyes of our hearts, on this side of the cross, to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ as revealed in the gospel. So we were blind. We were blind and saw in the gospel nothing compelling. That’s the way all of you started in this world. Nothing. You saw nothing compelling at all about God or Christ.
We thought we had a better god than God. We thought we had a better gospel. We thought we had a better gladness. All our food and wine — American food and wine is endless. Then God shone in our hearts and the light of God was lifted up in the face of Jesus, and we awoke. We awoke, just like the psalmist said would happen if the light shone on us.
“We thought we had a better gospel. Then God shone in our hearts.”
And when we awoke, we didn’t only see spiritual beauty with the eyes of the heart — which we did. We also smelled the sweet spiritual aroma of Christ with the noses of our heart (2 Corinthians 2:15). We tasted the satisfying goodness of God with the tongues of our heart (1 Peter 2:2–3). We touched the healing fringe of the garment of God with the finger of our heart (Matthew 9:20). We heard the song of God rejoicing over us with gladness in Zephaniah 3:17.
Now, I ask, what’s the point? What’s the point of a new fragrance of Christ, a new taste of divine kindness, a new touch of wholeness, a new sound of God’s song, a new sight of God’s bright, smiling face? What’s the point of all that sensuous language?
The point is that the most basic, most essential distinction between the Christian and the non-Christian is not new decisions. You don’t decide to taste. Not new decisions of the will, not new deeds of the hands, not new doctrines of the mind, but a new delight in the heart — a new delight in spiritual beauty, spiritual taste, spiritual touch, spiritual fragrance, spiritual sound.
And from that new gladness, surpassing all the joys of the world, flow the springs of life.
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