Friday, January 9, 2009

What Gives You Pleasure?

I recently dusted off an older Caedmon's Call cd that I hadn't listened to in a while. On track 2 of the cd, the chorus states

"You created nothing/ that gives me more pleasure than You."

That one line really made me think: did God really intend for nothing else on this earth to give us pleasure like Him? Sure, we're all blessed by God with particular people and things that give us pleasure. But if we concentrate too much on that, we become much like the pagans, who worship creation but not the Creator.

God wants us to take pleasure in Him. GREAT pleasure. I've thought about that and wondered how does pleasure in God look? I think it starts with contentment in our hearts. When we are truly satisfied with Christ and truly take the gospel to heart, it's then we're truly wrapped up in the joy Christ gives. We can take pleasure in the fact that God loves us regardless of what we look like on the inside. Regardless of our thoughts, words, our history, and even our future, God loves us. And not with just a casual, conditional love. It's with a saving grace, a man unabashedly chasing his bride, despite her adulterous lies and deceit. That's God's love. How can we not find pleasure in that?

David writes in Psalm 16:11 "You will teach me how to live a holy life. Being with you will fill me with joy; at your right hand I will find pleasure forever."

Not just pleasure for a day. Not just for the happy moments in our life. Forever.

How have you discovered pleasure in God today? What characteristics of God are you truly rejoicing in today?