Communion with God brings glory, a glorying spirit, that is, it works joy and triumph in God. When the soul is carried in a holy course, presence of God is so dear, and the contentment and sweetness of His way so precious that he not only blesses his God, but he also blesses himself in his God; he sees that God is with him, and this is a sign of His favor. "For wherein shall it be known here, that I and thy people have found grace in Thy sight? Is it not in that Thou goest with us?" Exodus 33:16. And so a nobleness of spirit is begotten in him through his God, whom he finds better than a thousand worlds; he tramples upon the world, Romans 8:31, and is neither enticed with hopes, nor deterred with fears, but like a conquering champion breaks through the armies and hosts of the world. Why should a man fear the assaults of creatures when he has with him the power of the Creator? How well is he armed against all trouble who "hath the Spirit of glory and of God resting upon him," 1 Peter 4:14!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Joseph Symonds, The Case and Cure of a Deserted Soul, p. 120: