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Short-lived, imperfect and unsatisfying

(William Plumer, "Sinners Saved by Unmerited Kindness")

In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand

there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalms 16:11

Here on earth
our greatest joys are short-lived, imperfect
and unsatisfying
. Nothing continues in a perpetually happy
state. All is unsettled, and easily marred. In heaven
all is as  
stable as eternity
all is as durable as the throne of God! All
flows from the bounty of an infinite God and Saviour.

Here on earth
sorrows beset us in troops. In heaven
  all sorrows cease;
  sickness, sadness and sighing flee away;
  bereavement never desolates;
  tears never flow;
  tempests never rage;
  temptations never vex;
  poverty, war, and death never enter;
  rust never corrupts;
  thieves never steal;
  weariness and vanity are forever unknown;
  sin never defiles;
  peace reigns unbroken;
  "the wicked cease from troubling,
   and the weary are at rest."

" Well done, thou good and faithful servant…

enter thou into the joy of thy lord." Matthew 25:21

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