SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 16
Luke 8:14 choked out plant in parable of sower
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
pleasure--sensual delight, lust
2 Timothy 3:4—list of characteristics of evil people in end
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God
lovers of pleasures—pleasure lovers. Pursuing pleasure eliminates pursuit of God.
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season
So is pleasure bad then?
I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
David reminds himself that God is with him all the time, this is his safety. Soul—ne self, my being. Hell—the pit, the grave will not have its destructive power over my soul. Reference to Christ both is how He does His Father’s will all the time and His preservation after death.
The body will corrupt; the soul will have fullness of joy!
--“God is the infinite novelty”
Ecclesiastes 1:8-- the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
Lamentations 3:23--His mercies and compassions are new every morning
2 Corinthians 5:17-- old things are passed away; all things are become new.
Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
All these characteristics of God are massively huge! Under His wings is satisfaction. Godly pleasure leads to life; fleshly pleasure leads to death.
--God is not against pleasure, but we have to be careful with it.
Godly pleasure brings refreshment to carry out the end to which we are called.
1 Timothy 6:6-10
But godliness with contentment is great gain.7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction (of body) and perdition (of soul).10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Contentment—satisfaction, sufficiency, needs no aid or support. Discontent is brought about by wanting more, but you can’t take anything with you, so don’t worry about it. Raiment—covering—clothes and place to live. Our desires should not go beyond that.
Desire to be rich—to have more than food and raiment essentially. Wanting more destroys contentment, which leads to sin. Eventually leads to destruction of your faith—Luke 8:14.
1 Timothy 6:17
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy
Enjoy—same word as in Hebrews 11:25. God gives—cause one to have, offer, supply--us things to enjoy.
Tie it all together—wanting things you don’t have makes you discontent. You want them for the flesh, which destroys faith. Godliness leads you to be content and if God wants you to have it, it’ll show up and you can enjoy it as a gift from God. Wanting it is what destroys you!