Do you desire God?

Stir up and enlarge your desires

Let those narrow hearts open their mouths wide.

Say with the psalmist, “This one thing I desire; nothing but God, nothing but grace. Take corn and wine who will, take the gold and the silver who will, let the Lord God be mine, and that shall suffice me.” Desire God only, and follow after God fully. Psalm 63:8: “My soul followeth hard after thee.”

Friends, you have some wishes and some weaker desires after the Lord. Oh, quicken up these faint hearts. Look often at how worthy the Lord is of all your desires. What a jewel, what a treasure the grace of God is!

Look often heavenward

Get a sight of God and His glorious treasures; live more in the contemplation of His glory and goodness.

It is the sight of the object that must kindle and quicken desire.

You who have cold hearts heavenward, it is a sign that your eye is little on heaven. Believe it, some clearer views of the love, the goodness, the holiness, the kindness, and the glory of the Lord would whet your appetite, would put life into those dull desires, would make you hungry souls, and thirsty souls, and longing souls .

Oh, look often upward; dwell in the mountain of spices; get some taste and relish of the goodness of God by being more constantly conversant with Him, and this will pierce all your vessels. Your souls would stream forth in the words and sighs of the psalmist in Ps 42:1-2: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God.”

—Richard Alleine