True Joy

I’m sitting on my bed at the moment feeling this insane urge to write.

So here goes…

Over the last few days I’ve had trouble keeping my eyes on Jesus. I keep looking for everything else to find joy. And as promising as everything looks, nothing ever fills me up. I’m left hungry and yearning for more, more, more.

A few nights ago I snuggled into my covers and opened my Bible up to Psalms 37. One verse popped out at me.

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

My mistake when I’ve read this verse in the past was thinking that by finding happiness in Jesus, He would give me everything on this earth that I’ve ever wanted.

Well, that kind of thinking proved false. Let’s be honest, even if I had everything I ever wanted, somehow I still wouldn’t be satisfied. It’s just human. Somehow our hearts understand that there is more than this world.

“He has made everything beautiful in it’s time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that He cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

And if I only found happiness in God to get stuff, then I wouldn’t really be delighting in Him.

What I finally came to understand is what Psalm 37:4 means is the more I delight myself in Christ, the more and more I will desire Him, and He will then continue to fill me with Himself.

Think about it, when you delight in something it becomes something you desire. The more we delight in God, the more we will desire Him. And God is faithful to fill us with more of Him.

The reason why I chose the above image is because Lucy (the girl in the photo) is completely basking in Aslan’s (the lion, for those of you who haven’t read Narnia) presence. She doesn’t want to be anywhere else. She desires to be with him because by being with him she finds her greatest joy.

John Piper says in his book Desiring God,¬†“The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.”

We show God the most joy, worship, and adoration by finding our greatest joy in Him.

Our hearts were made for happiness, but true happiness is found nowhere but in the Lord.

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