John Piper made Christian Hedonism popular, the notion that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. The essential teaching is that we are to delight in God.
This is a fine notion, but who knows how people hear this phrase. What does it mean to delight in the Lord?
Is it to ignore reality to be happy in Jesus? How does one ignore reality when reality may keep breaking in with more disaster? How can you delight in someone you can’t see or hear?
Delighting in the Lord is not a Piper invention, it has been around for some time. Isaiah talks about delighting in the Lord and gives us a key beginning to what delighting in God means:
“not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD.”
Delighting in the Lord can only happen when we cease delighting in ourselves! Once we give up on our ideas, thoughts and words and instead come after God’s ideas, thoughts and words, we will delight in God.
Selfish, ego-centric, pride is our biggest hindrance to knowing God. We’re so consumed with knowing ourselves and finding ourselves that we never get around to diligently seeking God, thus we find no lasting reward.
To delight in God means to let God consume all, to remove you, to die to self, to rise up to newness of life, to be hid in Christ, to no longer live but let Christ live in you.
I could go on with many more references seeing as how this is central Bible doctrine. Stop being you. You aint that great.