[b]A beast with a man's head![/b](Thomas Watson, "A Divine Cordial" 1663)Love to God is an expansion of soul, or the inflaming of the affectionsby which a Christian breathes after God as the supreme and sovereign good. "There is nothing on earth that I desire beside You." Psalm 73:25. The Christian loves God above all other objects. God is the quintessence of all good things; He is superlatively good. The soul admiring in Him that constellation of all excellenciesis carried out in love to Him in the highest degree. God, who is the chief of our happinessmust have the chief of our affections. The creature may have the milk of our lovebut God must have the cream! Though some drops of love may run to our kindred and friendsyet the full torrent must run out after Christ. Relations may lie on the bosombut Christ must lie in the heart!We set a high value upon God as being the most sublime and infinite good. We so esteem God, as that if we have Himwe do not care though we lack all other things. The stars vanish, when the sun appears. All creatures vanish in our thoughts, when the Sun of righteousness shines in His full splendor. The soul that loves God, rejoices in Him as in his treasureand rests in Him as his center. The heart is so set upon Godthat it desires no more. We must love God more for what He is (His intrinsic excellencies)than for what He bestows. True love is not mercenary. You need not hire a mother to love her child. Just so, a soul deeply in love with God needs not be hired by rewards. It cannot but love Himfor that luster of beauty which sparkles forth in Him!"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God." Romans 8:28Despisers and haters of Godhave no lot or partin this privilege. It is children's breadit belongs only to those who love God. This is a sharp reproof to those who do not love God,to such as have not a grain of love to God in their heartsand are there such reprobates alive? He who does not love Godis a beast with a man's head! Oh wretch! Do you live upon God's bounty every dayyet not love Him! These are monsters in naturedevils in the shape of men! Let them read their doom: "If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is cursed!" 1 Corinthians 16:22How can he expect love from Godwho shows no love to Him? Will God ever lay such a viper in His bosomas casts forth the poison of malice and enmity against Him?
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"There is nothing on earth that I desire beside You." Psalm 73:25 This is the only place I want to be.