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. In fact, He is really for it. The true Christian churchman must go through many trials; but this in no way diminishes the fact that he or she enjoys the greatest, and most satisfying delights—in this world. A professing Christian who always hangs one's head is telling the faithless world that he does not have a very good God.
If we do not avail ourselves of Jesus, and His provisions as they are meted-out in and through His church and her preaching of the gospel, we will know nothing of what 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"]