Was speaking to a friend today regarding what I get from my faith as a Christian. There is the temporal and then there is the eternal. Surprisingly, I found it difficult to explain the temporal benefits. Perhaps because God does not guarantee temporal bliss. Reading Psalms 4 tonight (v. 6-8) :
There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Interesting, the Psalmist (in this case David) answers the temporal question by proclaiming that God provides him with joy in abundance and peace when he sleeps (whilst unguarded from his enemies). Thinking on this, it is clear that I don't think I can unhesitatingly confirm David's experience. Sure there are times when this has been true. But it's patchy. It is therefore encouraging to read that King David could say this without equivocation. John Piper's book, When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy, was recommended by Justin Moffatt at Engage. I just received it in the mail. Hopefully, this will help me get a bigger picture of what "joy" means and how I remedy the mismatch between David's yearnings and my apathy.