Friday, January 28, 2011

Pleasures Forevermore

I haven't been feeling well this week so I decided to do a throwback Text Treasure. I hope you enjoy.

“Pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

This is what the whole world longs for in life. Every human soul longs to be satisfied with pleasure. We search for this satisfaction any place we can not realizing earthly possessions only satisfy temporarily. But here in God’s holy world we find him saying we can have “pleasures forevermore.”

God who is all-knowing, all-powerful, sovereign, eternal says he will give us “pleasures forevermore.” Only an eternal, everlasting being could offer “pleasures forevermore.” All other satisfactions will end with death but God eternally promises pleasure. But we still seem to look over this beautiful promise from God turning ourselves over to fleeting pleasures that fulfill us for the moment but leave us empty in the end. We want what we think will be the quick fix to our empty soul not looking to God’s word telling us he makes known to us the path of life; in his presence there is fullness of joy (Ps. 16:11). The path we have marked out leads to destruction but God promises, to his children, to make known our path and greater still, his path is in his presence where there is fullness of joy and “pleasures forevermore.”

I think C.S. Lewis had this perspective when he wrote in the opening pages of The Weight of Glory: “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” In our ignorance we are toying around with fleeting pleasures not trusting God’s promise that in him we have “pleasures forevermore.”

God has created us to be satisfied. Its not that God wants us to be creatures that live in a dark and gloomy state every day of our lives while he is ultimately satisfied rather he wants us to be satisfied but he knows where the only true satisfaction lies. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matt. 5:6). Seeking the face of the all-sufficient God is the only possible way of being sufficiently satisfied. Striving, by grace, to be more and more like Christ is where pleasure and satisfaction are found. When we seek our satisfaction in Christ, God gets the glory while we get ultimate joy. No where on this earth will we find “pleasures forevermore.”

This truth ought to intensify our worship of Christ. “The great hindrance to worship is not that we are pleasure-seeking people, but that we are willing to settle for such pitiful pleasures” (John Piper). Solomon had everything this world could offer yet near the end of Ecclesiastes he writes, “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity” (12:8). In the end Solomon found no pleasure in the world’s goods but rather in fearing God and obeying his commandments. The worship of God is the ultimate, eternal satisfaction who makes known to us the path of life and in whose presents there is fullness of joy and “pleasures forevermore.”

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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