Unlike Any Other, The Pleasures Of The Lord Are Satisfying

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   7/19/2012

The joy of the Lord is not easy to find. It is like a hidden treasure, that if you find it you would sell everything you have to purchase it.

The reason the joy of the Lord is not easy to find is because it has no origin in the natural mind

In our natural mind we want to build our own life in every way. We believe we are able to make decisions that benefit ourselves.  

We think we can do things that bring us joy and they are worth our effort.  We want to be significant in the eyes of others, because that is what we believe will bring us joy. And we are completely convinced of these things.

But the joy of the Lord comes from a different place.  It comes from a different way of thinking, a different frame of reference and a different starting point.

The joy of the Lord comes from realizing that he is worthy of all the glory we have to give and our lives are very short and do not compare to the millions of years we will spend with the Lord.

The pleasures of the world do not compare with the pleasures we can experience by knowing and experiencing the Lord.  The magnificence of who Christ is and what he has done for us is more than overwhelming when we consider that there is no other like Him. 

He is not like us.  We are comparable to each other, but there is no one that can compared to Him.

Born Confused

The things that we naturally pursue bring us a joy that is always very temporary and never satisfying. When we achieve something that we desired, we soon look for something else – proving that we were not satisfied.  Therefore the things we naturally pursue are not really joy at all, because joy would be satisfying.

We seem to be born confused, pursuing things that are not worth pursuing.  People work there entire life just to retire and enjoy a few of the fleeting pleasures of the world – but are never satisfied.  If we don’t realize we are born confused, we waste our life pursuing things that are not worth our time.

What we think is joy is not really joy at all.  We think we can find joy from within, but it is not there. Joy does not begin with us because we are not the beginning.  It is obvious that we were created and when we look at how we were created, we discover a loving God.  He is the beginning and He created us out of joy.

Sin has somehow clouded our minds and given us a self-centered mindset in which joy has no place to being. 

It is unnatural for the human mind to think the thought that joy can be gained by lying down our life in pursuit of knowing and worshiping Him first and foremost.  Yet in that one thought lies the secrete to satisfying joy.  

There are pleasures so great they cannot be put to words by following this one thought.  Our life's ambitions betray us by taking us away from experiencing the rewards of pursuing Him.

The action of pursuing him first proves that we trust him to direct the path of our life rather than ourselves. When we do that we get to see him in action, directly involved in the direction our life takes.  By watching him guide our paths we learn about him and gain unfound treasure.  His ways are not like ours, they are astounding.   

For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD? Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings?“ – Psalm 89:6

His mercies are new and fresh every day. The joy of the Lord does not get old. It does not grow stale nor is it boring. If your experience of the Lord was boring than you did not experience the Lord.

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” – Lamentations 3:22:23

We are the ones that are simple-minded, predictable, lacking in imagination, limited by selfishness and envy, blind to the greatness of the works of the Lord in our very midst.  We are boring.   

Pursuing the Lord is more rewarding and satisfying than any other pursuit, which is why Jesus said, “but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst” (John 4:14).

The greatest pleasures are at his right hand.

In your presence there is fullness of joy, at your right hand there is pleasures evermore.”  - Psalm 16:11


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