Deep Joy

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

The Pleasures of Heaven

If Heaven is God’s promise, then heaven is as good as God is faithful. – Scot McKnight (Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois)

Key Bible Verse: You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 16

Happiness, or at least the pursuit of happiness, is one reason America declared its independence. In fact, it’s one of our “unalienable” rights. Happiness depends in part on one’s age and in part on where we stack up to others in our perception of what’s fair and right. What matters here is not so much the right or even how we get it, but this: God wired us in such a way that happiness, or what I would rather call “deep joy,” motivates our every move.

Of course, at times this pursuit of happiness can be incredibly self-centered and self-preoccupied. But when we scatter our selfishness to the corners of existence, and if we are really honest, we all yearn to be fully happy. Not so much happy clappy with smiley-face tattoos, but possessing a deeply settled joy that brings peace and contentment in knowing who we are and where we fit in God’s designs for the earth we inhabit.

Heaven is designed for those who want this deep joy. Dare we call heaven a place of pleasure? Absolutely.

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