Ps. 63:5 – My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
I think we live in a world really confused at the basic essence of spiritual things. Many think that getting too close to the Lord will diminish our enjoyment of life, nothing could be more wrong. In today’s passage, David is describing a totally satisfied and happy life that has as its only source spiritual delight. The Lord Himself becomes the source of joy and the object of our delight once we are transformed by His grace. It’s not that our pursuit of happiness and pleasure is wrong, its just we are looking in the wrong places having our eyes blinded by this present age. Read this famous and often quoted statement from C. S. Lewis; I have to agree whole heartedly, we are far too easily pleased.
“The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about self-denial as an end in itself. We are told to deny ourselves and to take up our crosses in order that we may follow Christ; and nearly every description of what we shall ultimately find if we do so contains an appeal to desire. If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. 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 at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
So what kind of delights are you caught up in today? The deceiving pleasures of this age blind our eyes to the greatest pleasure of all. One taste of His heavenly sweetness and you will gladly abandon the foolish pleasures of sin. I have to agree with David and Mr. Lewis, Christ Himself is far more satisfying than anything in this mud puddle of a world.