True and Lasting Happiness

The Word of God cuts through the fog of Satan’s lies
and shows me where true and lasting happiness is to be found.
And so the Word helps me stop trusting
in the potential of sin to make me happy,
and instead leads me to trust
in God’s promise of infinite, lasting joy.

Psalm 16:11 says: “You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Faith is not content with “fleeting pleasures.”
It is ravenous for joy. And the Word of God says,
“In God’s presence is fullness of joy, and in his right hand
are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).
So faith will not be sidetracked into sin.
It will not give up so easily in its quest for maximum joy.

Saint Augustine, in the year 386, found his freedom from lust
in the superior pleasures of God.
“How sweet all at once it was for me
to be rid of those fruitless joys
which I had once feared to lose! . . .
You drove them from me, you who are the true, the sovereign joy.
You drove them from me and took their place,
you who are sweeter than all pleasure.”
— Augustine quoted by John Piper in The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin

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