I am reading through my favorite book (aside from the Bible) Desiring God for the third time. There are not many books that I've read three times, there's a few, but only the really good ones get a third go-around. I'm still finding myself amazed at how wonderful this book is and how foundational it is to the Christian life.
I've testified before that this book has been instrumental in turning my life upside down (in a very good way). I'm excited beyond words that a few guys at the jail have read all the books I've given them, the last of which is Desiring God (which they only get if they've read through everything else first). One guy who has been through the 4 week class twice and has asked to go through for a third time - and he is currently on his second time reading through this marvelous work. That excites me!
Here are a few tastes from my reading today:
Without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek him." (Hebrews 11:6) You cannot please god if you do not come to Him for reward! Therefore, worship that pleases God is the hedonistic pursuit of God. He is our exceeding great reward! In His presence is fullness of joy, and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. Worship is the feast of Christian Hedonism.
- John Piper, Desiring God pg. 102
In the end the heart longs not for any of God's good gifts, but for God Himself. To see Him and know Him and be in His presence is the soul's final feast. Beyond this there is no quest. Words fail. We call it pleasure, joy, delight. But these are weak pointers to the unspeakable experience: "One thing I have 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 gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple" (Psalm 27:4). "In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Psalm 16:11).
- John Piper, Desiring God pg. 87