As the people of this world perpetually chase after good feelings by doing whatever their selfish impulses dictate, God has called his children to take hold of profound joy and lasting gratification by cultivating a deepening relationship with their Maker. Sin is deceptive and in the end Satan always discards his heroes, but God’s servants have his unending love and his grace-filled presence as their ultimate reward. This is real pleasure and lasting contentment.
King David addressed God after surveying the hedonistic and rebellious culture of his day, and with an optimistic call to the faithful wrote: “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:11-12). God is good. Knowing him is cause for celebration.