The ungodly are ever seeking after joy, but they find it not: they busy and weary themselves in the pursuit of it, yet all in vain. Their hearts being turned from the Lord, they look downward for joy, where it is not. Rejecting Substance, they diligently run after the shadow, only to be mocked by it. It is the sovereign decree of heaven that nothing can make sinners truly happy but God in Christ; but this they will not believe, and therefore they go from creature to creature, from one broken cistern to another (see Jer 2:13), inquiring where is the best joy to be found.
Each worldly thing which attracts them says, It is found in me; but each disappoints. Nevertheless, they go on seeking it afresh today in the very thing which deceived them yesterday. If after many trails they discover the emptiness of one creature comfort, then they turn to another, only to verify our Lord’s word, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again” (John 4:13).
– A.W. Pink, The Scriptures and Joy