Heaven Opened:Richard Alleine.1611-1691

Alleine says of Ephesians3:18.The gospel that presents God in the flesh,has in it a height and depth and length and breadth.And I can tell you that it is a height without a top,a depth without a bottom,a length without limits,and a breadth without bounds.

Of Delight he says,Fruition is taking pleasure in what we have.We cannot enjoy what we do not love,and love has delight.We cannot enjoy that wherein we do not joy.”Delight thyself in the Lord”(Psalm37:4). “I sat me down under his shadow with great delight”(Song of Solomon2:3).If his shadow is so pleasent,what will His sunbeams be! “O taste and see that the Lord is good”(Psalm.34:8).Our senses help our understandings.We cannot,by the most rational discourse,perceive what the sweetness of honey is;we must taste it to perceive it.His fruit will be sweet unto  your taste.Dwell in the light of the Lord and let your soul be ravished always with His love.

Let your delights in God be pure and unmixed delights.Let your spirit be so filled with God,and so raised above carnal joys,and the matters of them,that it is no discouragement to you to have nothing but God.

Your wine is the more sprightful when it is not mixed with water.Do not say, “I lack the joy of the vintage and the harvest.I lack the joy of the bridegroom and the bride.I need the sound of the millstones and the light of the candle to make my comfort full.

“Let the joy of the Lord be your strength and your life.Say wih the prophet “Although the fig tree shall not blossom,neither shall fruit be in the vines;the labor of the olive shall fail,and the fields shall yield no meat;the flock shall be cut off from the fold,and there shall be no herd in the stalls;yet will I rejoice in the Lord.I will joy in the God of my salvation”(Habakkuk.3:17-18).

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