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Jesus is better than everything!

“We are far too easily pleased”

Robin Aylor 01/16/2018

 

Speaking to God, in Psalm 16:11 David said:

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 

Mankind spends a lifetime seeking pleasures and joy. We self-indulge in the worlds promises of satisfaction, seeking all kinds of treasures and delights.

 

These searches for fulfillment have been trending for thousands of years… Even today they are the most popular searches on the internet. You might think I’m talking about a bucket list for the worst sinner on the face of the earth… because we search for satisfaction in things like immoral Sex, (Have you seen the news lately?) We are obsessed with Food, Alcohol, Drugs, Money, Popularity, Power, Influence and the next big thing… we look everywhere for gratification… well not everywhere.

 

What we do is we dig through dirty smelly salmonella infested trash cans full of flies and worms for a good meal when there is a free bountiful supper down the road open to all who will come.

 

In 1980 Johnny Lee came out with a song that said: I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places. Man does something similar when he looks for happiness in the worlds promises.

 

But doesn’t seeking ultimate enjoyment mean we’re putting ourselves first before God? Shouldn’t we feel guilty about seeking the pinnacle of pleasure and joy? CS Lewis would have said no! On the contrary what he said was: “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.”

 

God wants us to seek what will please us the most. And since Jesus is better than everything God knows and tells us we can only find it in him.

 

God says to sing him praises, tell others about him, delight in who he is… rejoice in him and always be seeking him…

Psalms 105:2 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! 3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! 4 Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!

 

Where then shall we find delight that surpasses earthly gains???

David said in Psalm 4:7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

 

And finding pleasure in God in not a suggestion… it is a command! God commands us to be happy in him.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

 

Some people think God is Egotistical. After all, he commands us to praise him above everyone and everything. He says he alone satisfies… (some self-righteous people call God prideful and arrogant.) He says how he is the only way… the only truth… the life… He claims to be all glorious.

 

Gods self exaltation is what turned off Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey from the God of the Bible. Even CS Lewis when he was an atheist thought this one they called God reminded him of an old woman always seeking complements.

 

Don't let satan confuse you. It is only in Gods supremacy that he could ever give you grace or offer us mercy. Adam and Eve and Oprah and Brad and you and I have got it all wrong in the past. When CS Lewis turned he found great joy in admitting God as supreme… And so do we.

 

How is there joy in worshiping God as supreme?

Gods creation in nature points to this in these things that declare his glory… Such as an amazing sunrise… At the same time we see Gods big grand painting we see ourselves as small… unworthy of any kind of worship. Gods colorful firmament full of brush strokes spreads across the sky and in its proclamation is saying God is awesome… our jaw drops in reverence and admiration. The heavens proclaim his glory… his character and attributes his sovereignty… 

providence… power… provision… his goodness in blessing us with sun and rain… and his beauty… as we stand in awe and wonder…

 

Here is another of the facets of worship which CS Lewis and John Piper point out. I’ll say it like this: When I see this amazing sunrise… I wish I had someone to share it with. I sometimes have to snap a picture and put it on Facebook. Its almost as though my joy is not complete until I share it with others.

 

The Grand Canyon. How many of you have seen it? Was it breathtaking? Was it awesome? Did you stand in awe and wonder? How many of you never ever told another person about it? Exactly!!!

However it was created to point to our amazing God. We must never forget that. We must ascribe him glory due.

 

Gods creation points to his awesomeness saying he is the greatest treasure… and we must share.

 

You may sometimes wonder why people are amazed with the study of insects, birds or snakes; a doctor studying human anatomy… or a thousand other things… They talk about these things as though everybody should be excited as themselves… That is one of the aspects of worship as well… all these things are jaw dropping amazing because their grandness should point us who are also small and insignificant in ourselves... to a big, amazing Creator.

 

Again… we’re talking about how Jesus is the best and how he gives us joy which is a part of the very worship we joyfully give to him.

 

In Matthew 13:44 Jesus said: “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.

 

“In his joy”… Letting go of what we relied on for false significance means we agree that Jesus is the greatest treasure… the supreme one… worthy of all worship… This causes us to count everything else this world has to offer as worth giving up.

 

My Uncle Earnest was a Missionary in Africa and told me how the locals would catch monkeys… (I think they eat them)… anyway… They find a tree with a hollow hole in the side the size of a small hand. They put candy in the hole and when a monkey reaches in and finds the candy he fills his hand closing it tight in a grip. At this point his hand cannot be removed from the hole as long as he is holding on. He will not let go of his so called treasure even though the hunter will walk up to him with a hammer and hit him in the head. (Bazoonk! Ouch!)

 

So the man in this parable had to let go of the candy promises of the world which would bring him death. He had to change what he would treasure and pursue the rest of his life.

 

After we have found that which is most valuable and brings true life… Jesus… Then, every day after is an exciting treasure hunt as we look to his word… God uses his word to connect his Spirit to quicken us to truly see his glory that Creation is talking about all around us. Yes, it is then in our excitement we cannot help but facebook, snapchat and instagram the awesomeness not of the sky or the grand canyon… but the one they point to.

 

The devil wants you to think the ways of God will cause you to be burdened in misery. He says things like: “God doesn’t want you to be happy. He is withholding joy from you with all his commands like he did to Adam and Eve.” That was a lie too! Listening to the devils plan for satisfaction brought pain and death. Gods word is for his glory and turns out to be for our great joy… when we are quickened or motivated by the spirit his commands are not a heavy load but freedom and heart filled gladness.

 

1st John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

 

Sin promises satisfaction but leaves us wanting… it ruins our relationships, destroys our body and rots our heart.

 

Psalm 119:47-48 For I find my delight in your commandments, which I love. I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.

 

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

 

Thank You Jesus for your righteousness in causing us to sprout to new life. For being paid the wages of our sins dyeing on a Cross and rising to proclaim us just on Judgment day. Thank you for our new desires in you and your joy which you give us and becomes a part of our very worship of you.