Day One: Christian Hedonism

Psalm 37:4
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

“This is the solution. Did God create you for His glory or for your joy? Answer: He created you so that you might spend eternity glorifying Him by enjoying Him forever. In other words, you do not have to choose between glorifying God and enjoying God. Indeed you dare not choose. If you forsake one, you lose the other… If we do not rejoice in God, we do not glorify God as we ought. Here is the rock-solid foundation of Christian Hedonism: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. This is the best news in the world. God’s passion to be glorified and my passion to be satisfied are not at odds.”
[John Piper, The Dangerous Duty of Delight, 13-14]

If we were designed by God for joy, then it should come to no surprise that our most supreme joy would be found in God himself. The Psalmist discovered the correlation between “taking delight in God” and “the desires of [our] heart” a long time ago. Do we find ourselves low on joy? Let’s lose ourselves in God once again. Let our worldview be consumed with the glories of God instead of the worries of life.

Let’s pray: Heavenly Father, I fix my gaze on you. As I glorify your holy name, let my heart swell with your divine joy. Let oppressions cease as I turn to you in praise. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let the Spirit fill you as you worship to the song “No One But You” by Hillsong (click here).

— ES