What makes you happy? The possible answers to that question run the gamut of human desires and pleasures. Despite the myriad of ways it could be answered, rarely do we seem to be satisfied. We are a pleasure driven people, always seeking some new thing to delight us and temporarily brighten our days. Many Americans are like little children, running from one broken toy to the next, never satisfied and quickly bored. In Psalm 4, David looks to God and realizes that it is God that gives real happiness. God is the source of great happiness. God gives to us gladness that is greater than prosperity, greater than earthly pleasures, greater than prestige or positions. As Christians we need to learn to look to God as the true source of our happiness. We must stop chasing after the silly little promises of this world and learn to seek after the incalculable promises of God. Spurgeon once said, “Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday by the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” Let us cultivate our desires so that we are not easily pleased by the mud pies of this world, but instead learn to be delighted by those things that come from God and are calculated by God to give us real happiness, real joy and eternal gladness. Let God put gladness in your heart instead of chasing around after every little thing in an effort to make your self glad.
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