Desiring God – John Piper

Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (pleasure seeker)

“The pursuit of pleasure is not optional. It is essential.”

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4

Introduction

The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.

–          I agree with this statement, in that everyday, every moment, is a time in which we should be finding delight in God, knowing that He created all things for His own pleasure and all creation for Man to enjoy!

Just as we praise a person for their talents, an athlete for their skills, or a teacher for being great, we can and should also praise God for everything, that He deserves no less!

“This fact- that praise means consummate pleasure and that the highest end of man is to drink deeply of this pleasure- was perhaps the most liberating discovery I ever made.”

–          I agree with him on this point to. I used to think that when I was happy in serving God, for instance serving on the worship team, that was pride. It is pride, but pride in our God!

John Piper is not stating that Christian Hedonism means God becomes a means to help us get worldly pleasures.

–          It is that through all these pleasures we would come and delight in the One who created them.

Commands from God concerning joy:

1.To “love mercy,” not just do it (Micah 6:8)

2. to do “acts of mercy, with cheerfulness” (Romans 12:8)

3. to “joyfully” suffer loss in the service of prisoners (Hebrews 10:34)

4. to be a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7)

5. to make our joy the joy of others (2 Corinthians 2:3)

6. to tend the flock of God willingly and “eagerly” (1 Peter 5:2)

7. to keep watch over souls “with joy” (Hebrews 13:17)

Christian Hedonism is a philosophy of life built on the following five convictions:

  1. The longing to be happy is a universal human experience, and it is good, not sinful.
  2. We should never try to deny or resist our longing to be happy, as though it were a bad impulse. Instead, we should seek to intensify this longing and nourish it with whatever will provide the deepest and most enduring satisfaction.
  3. The deepest and most enduring happiness is found only in God. Not from God, but in God.
  4. The happiness we find in God reaches its consummation when it is shared with others in the manifold ways of love.
  5. To the extent that we try to abandon the pursuit of our own pleasure, we fail to honor God and love people. Or, to put it positively; The pursuit of pleasure is a necessary part of all worship and virtue.

 


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