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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Christian Hedonism

I am reading "Pleasures Evermore" by Sam Storms.  Dr. Storms was motivated to write "Pleasure Evermore" after reading John Piper's book, "Desiring God". Both books are about "Hedonism" Christian Hedonism.  Hedonism-A devotion to pleasure. Simple terms would be finding our pleasure and enjoyment in God alone.  Now if at least two books have been written about this, we know my blog will not even begin to touch the surface of this topic, so grab you a book and begin reading.  If you love Jesus, you will soon see you are a hedonism as well. 

My purpose of this blog is to show an illustration from John Piper found in Dr. Storms' book.

"God has no needs that I (or anyone else) could ever be required to satisfy.  God has no deficiencies that I might be required to supply.  He is complete in himself.  He is overflowing with happiness in the fellowship of the Trinity.  The upshot of this is that God is a mountain spring, not a watering trough.  A mountain spring is self-replenishing.  It constantly overflows and supplies others.  But a watering trough needs to be fulled with a pump or bucket brigade.  So if you want to glorify the worth of a watering trough you work hard to keep it full and useful.  But if you want to glorify the worth of a spring you do it by getting down on your hands and knees and drinking to your heart's satisfaction, until you have the refreshment and strength to go back down in the valley and tell people what you've found.  You do not glorify a mountain spring by dutifully hauling water up the path from the river below and dumping it in the spring.  What we have seen is that God is like a mountain spring, not a watering trough.  And since that is the way God is, we are not surprised to learn from Scripture---and our faith is strengthened to hold fast---that the way to please God is to come to him to get and not to give, to drink and not to water.  He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him." 
My hope, Dr. Storms says, "as a desperate sinner, who lives in a Death Valley desert of unrighteousness, hangs on this biblical truth: that God is the kind of God who will be pleased with the one thing I have to offer-my thirst."

As a hedonist find your pleasure in drinking deeply from the mountain spring.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; 
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8

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

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