When I Don't Desire God,by John Piper, has been on my reading list for a while now. I must admit that I go through his books pretty slowly; it takes me a while to really digest what it is he is saying, and I always find it very rewarding and thought-provoking.
I just have to remind myself of the benefits as I snail through!
Here are a few gems that I have found as I read the chapter on, "Fighting for Joy Like a Justified Sinner". This is a wonderful read, and I hope you enjoy the following bits as I have.
Christ himself connected joy and the cross in his own soul.
Hebrews 12:2 tells us, "For the joy set before him [he] endured the cross."
So in his own heart the unshakable hope of joy with the Father sustained him through his final suffering. He prayed the night before he died,
"Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory
that I had with you before the world existed" (John 17:5)
~John Piper, When I Don't Desire God
I also saw, moreover, that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor yet my bad frame that made my righteousness worse,
for my righteousness was Jesus Christ himself, "The same yesterday, today, and forever." Now did my chains fall off my legs indeed. I was loosed from my afflictions and irons;
my temptations also fled away; so that from that time those dreadful scriptures of God [about the unforgivable sin] left off to trouble me;
now went I also home rejoicing for the grace and love of God.
~John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners