Pleasures for Evermore
Psalm 16:11 (KJB) Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Pleasure seekers in this world crave intense gratification and long for immediate satisfaction. Often, they give little thought to any future regret or about potential long-term consequences which could result from their cravings, unexpected or sudden choices, and often uninhibited actions and reactions to situations of life.
Yes, there are many people who are at some level dissatisfied with their lives today. A disgruntled state of mind and heart affects younger, middle age, and older people alike. Many simply cannot find any fulfillment or satisfaction. They proclaim their life to be- a mundane or a “ho-hum” life.
People with a discontented state of mind are resolved in their mind and heart that “there must be something better…”
But, as they continue to look for better,” they frequently lose sight of everything they already have received and often fail to be thankful for it. After a time, a burgeoning inner desire to be continually filled with delight, and to repeatedly seek to feed a need for continual bliss and enjoyment can take over their life. Their desire for more pleasure eats away at their psyche and involves both their physical and social demeanor. They often quickly move away from things they deem to be without any future potential to feed their insatiable appetite for adventure in the “here and now.”
This desire for adventure can lead a person down many capricious or whimsical paths in this world. A desire for more and more often aligns together with having a keen sense of adventure. Together these two ideologies often spell trouble on the horizon. An individual with this kind of mindset will often find himself experimenting with a variety of things to find those things which will appease his craving for pleasure. However, any world based appeasements often fail to pacify their lives in the long term and likely lead a person onto a swift downhill course for experiencing great pain and many trials and troubles including various crutches including alcoholism, illicit drug abuse, great financial woes, relationship troubles, sexual abuse, loss of job, divorce, and even physical death.
It has been said that heroin users face a first time high that they cannot ever achieve again through their use of this substance. The heroin works with dopamine receptors (or natural pleasure centers) in their brain for creating an ultimate high, however, the first caliber high cannot ever be achieved again despite using more and more of this deadly substance, therein is the hook for abusing this substance, the user is always on the lookout for the ultimate pleasure.
But, life does not have to be lived in this up and down roller coaster fashion always seeking but never finding lasting answers.
The Bible has the one and only answer to finding lasting satisfaction. Notice, I said an answer, not answers, for achieving satisfaction. A personal relationship with God is the only sure answer for leading a satisfied, elated, and fulfilled life. A personal relationship with God works together with our natural receptors and innate responses to achieve a lasting fulfillment despite any untoward circumstances at hand.
Let me acquaint with you to a man who faced times of trials and victories, war and times of peace, and time of great want and times of satisfaction, but learned to be content with his station in life:
David said in Psalm 23:1 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want…” After living in all kinds of adversities and extremes David found lasting fulfillment and satisfaction in knowing God. God divinely provided everything that David needed (not everything that he desired) to live a rewarding life. There was no need for David to entertain thoughts that something better was out there for him, for God had given him every good and necessary thing. God had taken care of his every need and desire, both now and in the future, according to His will and way.
If David needed something God fulfilled his need.
If David needed a reward God recompensed him.
If David needed excitement in his life God provided pleasure.
If David was satisfied God supplied, even more, so that his life was overflowing with peace and lasting contentment.
If David needed to learn more about God’s ways he was given more knowledge and wisdom of God through both times of hardship and prosperity.
If David lacked maturity in an area God provided for his personal growth.
David declared “The LORD is my shepherd…”
A shepherd cares for his sheep. He desires to protect them and provide a safe area for them. He shields them from their enemies. God is The Shepherd, He desires to provide food, water, and spiritual sustenance to every person. He desires for their heart, their belly, and their mind be satisfied and full of things of God.
You must read and be familiar with this entire spiritually soothing Psalm. It will be like music to your aching heart in times of great trials, needs, and troubles:
Psalm 23:1-6 (KJB) A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Jesus Christ gives us these promises to cling to in the New Testament for this age of grace:
Matthew 6:25-34 (KJB) Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
You see, it is possible for any person to have pleasures forevermore. It is possible to be satisfied. It is possible to lack for nothing. God wants to fulfill His promises and provide your every need. He desires for you to accept His free gift of life (John 3:16-17) aligning your every desire to His will for your life. Then, and only then can you really begin to live, be satified, and enjoy pleasures evermore!