Here is an excerpt from John Piper’s “Taste & See” mail out that was a helpful reminder for me to pursue pleasure (in the right places)
1 ) We are commanded to pursue satisfaction.
Psalm 100:2: “Serve the Lord with gladness!” Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord.”
2 ) We are threatened if we don’t pursue satisfaction in God.
Deuteronomy 28:47-48: “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart . . . therefore you shall serve your enemies.”
3 ) The nature of faith teaches the pursuit of satisfaction in God.
Hebrews 11:6: “Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
4 ) The nature of evil teaches the pursuit of satisfaction in God.
Jeremiah 2:12-13: “Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
5 ) The nature of conversion teaches the pursuit of satisfaction in God.
Matthew 13:44: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
6 ) The call for self-denial teaches the pursuit of satisfaction in God.
Mark 8:34-36: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
7 ) The demand to love people teaches the pursuit of satisfaction in God.
Hebrews 12:2: “For the joy that was set before him [Jesus] endured the cross.” Acts 20:35: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
8 ) The demand to glorify God teaches the pursuit of satisfaction in God.
Philippians 1:20-21: “It is my eager expectation and hope that . . . Christ will be [glorified] in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain (final and total satisfaction in him).”
I am very thankful for John Piper’s ministry. He has shown me things in God’s word that have been life transforming for me.