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The Happy God

1 Tim. 1:11 says, “in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.” The phrase “the Blessed God” could be translated as “the happy God.” In John 15:11, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you.” Have you ever considered the fact that God is happy?

God is not gloomy or sad but is infinitely happy. He has been happy for eternity. The cup of his joy cannot be more full. Above all the uncertainties and anxieties of life, the calm smile of the happy God immutably shines. In what does God’s happiness consist? He is happy with the works of his hands. Psalm 104:31 says, “may the Lord rejoice in his works.” He is happy knowing that everything he has purposed will come to pass. He is happy in his people as Psalm 149:4 says, “For the Lord takes delight in his people.”

Preeminently, God is happy in himself. I know that may sound strange at first, but let me explain. God is a Trinity, meaning that he is one God in three persons. The Father loves the Son. Heb. 1:3 says that the Son is the, “radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.” In Is. 42:1 the Father says of his Son, “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, gin whom my soul delights;” Put these verses together. The Father sees himself in his Son, and he delights in what he sees. God’s happiness is found in himself. 

Together with the Holy Spirit, the Father has been delighting in His Son forever. Likewise, the Son has been delighting in the Father. 

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This is good news. You can be happy because God is happy. One day when we die, we will be brought into the presence of God, and in his presence will be fullness of joy, and at his right hand are pleasures forevermore!