The Bedrock Under Christian Hedonism

What foundational biblical texts provide the bedrock for Christian hedonism, the idea that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him?

This was a question asked of Pastor John in a discussion recorded back in 2011. He responded with a cluster of texts: Psalm 16:11, Psalm 37:4, and Philippians 1:20–21. Here’s his brief exposition (3 minutes):

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Tony Reinke is a staff writer for Desiring God and the author of three books: Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011), Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015), and The Joy Project: A True Story of Inescapable Happiness (2015). He hosts the popular Ask Pastor John podcast, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children. He also blogs at