Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Happy God

I am reading a wonderful book right now called The Happy God, by Benjamin Dunn.  He makes a wonderful point in the book that the Bible actually describes God as a happy God!

In 1 Tim. 1:11, Paul calls the good news of grace "the glorious gospel of the blessed God," and in 1 Tim. 6:15, he calls God "the blessed and only Ruler."  In both of those verses, the Greek word translated "blessed" is makarios, which basically means "happy!"

It's wonderful to me to think of my dear God and Father as happy.  So often in the past I have imagined Him as very serious, maybe even frowning in disapproval or shaking His head in disappointment.  But the Bible describes Him as happy!  And since He is perfect, He is perfectly happy.  Since He is everything in an infinite way, He is infinitely happy.  And He is infinitely happy with us and in us!

Back in Gen. 1:31, when God saw everything that He had made, it was very good.  And He blessed the man and woman He had made.  Eden was a pristine and innocent place of perfection, a place filled with God's joy and happiness.  And now that Jesus has come and died and rose and ascended for us, we have something better than Eden within us right now!  We are new creations!  The old has passed away and is forever gone - destroyed! - and the new has come!  And I think God sees us, His new creations that He has perfectly made in Christ, and He sees that what He has made is very good, and He smiles and is so happy!  Happy because we are beautiful to Him and happy because fellowship is ours, the intimate spiritual fellowship of being IN Someone, because the very Spirit of God dwells in us!  We dwell in God and He in us, how wonderful..

I believe God is happy and delighted with us today.  His Holy Spirit in me is always joy, pure joy.  Always love and delight in me.  Always grace and tender love.  Always open and accepting.  Always there in support and always there lifting me up when I'm down.  He has shown me the true nature of God - delighting, joyful Love!

We worship a Happy God!  He sings a love song over us today, to quiet our hearts and make us rejoice (Zeph. 3:17).  He smiles upon us with shining eyes (Num. 6:24) as a Proud Papa, for He is proud and happy with us, His little children!

Thank You, Lord, and let us enjoy Your joy today!

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May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14