THE JOY OF HEAVEN
Psa. 16:11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
There is no way for us to fully comprehend what heaven is really going to be like. C.S. Lewis made an incredible attempt at describing heaven in his book “The Great Divorce”. He painted a picture of a place of incredible substance or density with an extreme heightened awareness of our senses. David said it was a place with fullness of joy. What did he mean by fullness? Actually that describes something that is infinite because fullness of joy implies no boundaries. Heaven is a place of intense, extreme, overflowing joy that will increase throughout all eternity. There is no end to a “fullness of joy”. Jonathan Edwards describes the believer receiving the input of God’s joy in heaven. Listen to his wonderful description.
“What joy may we conclude springs up in the hearts of the saints after they have passed their wearisome pilgrimage to be brought to such a paradise? Here is joy unspeakable indeed; here is humble, holy, divine joy in its perfection. It is a spring of sweetness. But here the spring shall become a river, and an ocean. All shall stand about the God of glory, the fountain of love, as it were opening their bosoms to be filled with those effusions of love which are poured forth from thence, as the flowers on the earth in a pleasant spring day open their bosoms to the sun to be filled with his warmth and light, and to flourish in beauty and fragrancy by his rays. Every saint is as a flower in the garden of God, and holy love is the fragrancy and sweet odor which they all send forth, and with which they fill that paradise. Every saint there is as a note in a concert of music which sweetly harmonizes with every other note, and all together employed wholly in praising God and the Lamb; and so all helping one another to their utmost to express their love of the whole society to the glorious Father and Head of it, and [[to pour back]] love into the fountain of love, whence they are supplied and filled with love and with glory.”
You see, part of being created in the image of God carries an incredible, insatiable desire for pleasure. In our fallen state we try, quite unsuccessfully, to find some satisfaction in all of our natural pursuits. It can never do. We were made for so much greater than anything creation offers. Eternity is in our hearts and we all cry out for fullness, fullness that can only be found in the Lord. When we meet Christ in this life, we taste the edge of this satisfaction. Knowing the reality of His love guarantees us that there is more. This taste of heaven deposits a craving for heaven inside of us. Now we long for the day when we will stand (or lay prostrate) in the glory of His presence drinking in this fullness of joy. I can’t wait!!!