I have in a previous post, discussed Joy and its role in the life of a Christian. As I noted then:
God provides [David] 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.
In The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis makes the following observation:
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 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.
Similarly, in another book, The Four Loves, Lewis argues that:
It remains certainly true that all natural loves can be inordinate. Inordinate does not mean 'insufficiently cautious'. Nor does it mean 'too big'. It is not a quantitative term. It is probably impossible to love any human being simply 'too much'. We may love him too much in proportion to our love for God; but it is the smallness of our love of God, not the greatness of our love for the man, that constitutes the inordinacy.
Namely, it is not the greatness of our love or pleasures in things this world offers - they are gifts God gives - but the inadequacy of our love of God - the one that gives - that stifles fulfilment and joy. As Christians, our life should be dedicated to seeking God's kingdom and his righteousness, turning to that bloodied yet vacant Cross grateful for Jesus' sacrifice and redemptive work, and praising God for the things he gives us - the good and the bad.
It is the because of the smallness of our love of God, that his Joy beams in our hearts so obliquely (or at all). Un-godly hedonism is, as Mark Driscoll puts it in On Who is God:
...sin and worship of someone/something other than God [which] is fun for a while, [but] eventually pleasure boomerangs into pain and life becomes dark.
Godly (or Christian) hedonism's (When I don't Desire God: How to fight for joy, John Piper) guiding principle is:
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.