Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 36:8, where these great words are found:
"They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures."
God is not against our pleasure—so long as we find it all in Christ. In fact, God is totally committed to our happiness. The true Christian must go through many trials in this life (to be sure); but this in no way diminishes the fact that he or she enjoys the greatest, and most satisfying delights (in this life). The professing Christian who always hangs the head, frowns, and is sullen in spirit is telling the world that he or she does not have a very good God.
When we fully avail ourselves of Jesus, and of all His provisions which He metes-out in and through His gospel and church—we know everything of which David speaks (above).
[Puritan quote of the day: "Get contentment into the sling of your heart, and with this sacred stone you may both defy the world and conquer it.” —Thom-as Watson, in, "The Art of Divine Contentment"]