What It Means to Love God

The following comes from Solid Joys, the daily devotional app from the ministry of John Piper. View online, or download the app on Google Play or iTunes.

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O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. (Psalm 63:1–2)

Only God will satisfy a heart like David’s. And David was a man after God’s own heart. That’s the way we were created to be.

This is the essence of what it means to love God — to be satisfied in him. In him!

Loving God will include obeying all his commands; it will include believing all his word; it will include thanking him for all his gifts; but the essence of loving God is enjoying all he is. And it is this enjoyment of God that glorifies his worth most fully.

We all know this intuitively as well as from Scripture. Do we feel most honored by the love of those who serve us from the constraints of duty, or from the delights of fellowship?

My wife is most honored when I say, “It makes me happy to spend time with you.” My happiness is the echo of her excellence. And so it is with God. He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

None of us has arrived at perfect satisfaction in God. I grieve often over the murmuring of my heart at the loss of worldly comforts. But I have tasted that the Lord is good. By God’s grace I now know the fountain of everlasting joy.

And so I love to spend my days luring people into joy until they say with me, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).

“Loving God for Who He Is: A Pastor’s Perspective”

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Today is the commemoration of Lord Jesus’s ascension. We are currently waiting for Him to come back the second time. Are we waiting for Him in joy or in despair?

After about a month I finished reading C. S. Lewis’s “Surprised by Joy”, I finally realized the significance and truth of this Christian hedonism idea.

The longing for God leads us to seek for that divine joy, hence we turn to wordly things that only clarifies our true and desperate need of God.

This is what I am feeling right now, and after four months of godly life I am living in Christ, the longing to feel God’s love and to be satisfied in Him stays in my heart. I pray that our longing form Him prevails joyfully until He comes the second time.

Lord Jesus blesses you!

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