Lured and dazzled, the worldling
pursues the phantom!


(John MacDuff, "Grapes of Eschol" 1861)

"In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your
 right hand there are pleasures for evermore."
    Psalm 16:11.

FULLNESS of joy! Can that be said of anything
on this side Heaven?

There is a restless craving in the human bosom
for something better than this world can give.

There are aching voids; deep, yawning chasms
in the soul of man, which the world and all its
tinsel pleasures can never fill.

Hope is ever gilding the future with the prospect
of that happiness which the present denies.

The worldling will cleave to the world as the
center of its system. It holds its happiness to
consist in "minding earthly things."

Lured and dazzled, the worldling pursues the
phantom!
But each successive failure more painfully
convinces him that all here is a delusion. Happiness,
the object of his life search, is as far from him as ever!

Only in Heaven will the soul will have, in the
enjoyment of God, the perfection of bliss.

All earthly bliss has its bounds and limits. In Heaven
and in God's presence, that bliss will be unbounded.

"In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your
 right hand there are pleasures for evermore."
    Psalm 16:11.




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