When I speculate about the emotions God feels on a regular basis, a few spring to mind: anger and disappointment make the cut for sure. So do serenity and pity. On the plus side, I’m sure He feels satisfaction occasionally and even parental pride once in a while.
But one word that very rarely occurs to me is joy.
If this is true for you as well, then you and I are both missing the boat on a huge facet of God’s personality.
Heaven is described as a place of unbounded peace and joy, so wouldn’t Heaven’s architect, builder, owner and primary resident get the Lion’s (and Lamb’s) share of that joy?
Back here on Planet Earth, when our relationships are firing on all cylinders, is there a greater source of joy for us? How much more then would the perfect, harmonious Trinity of God – the ideal relationship on which all others are based – give joy to its participant(s)?
But we don’t have to use deductive reasoning to conclude that God is joyful. We merely have to look at His word:
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors” – Deuteronomy 30:9b
Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on his throne as king to rule for the Lord your God. – Chronicles 9:8a
As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. – Isaiah 62:5
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” – Genesis 1:31
Notice that there aren’t a lot of verses where God brags about the joy He gets from the Trinity or from Heaven itself. Instead, what does the Bible say gives God joy?
His creation. People. Us. You.
Peace be with you.