We are all familiar with the many passage of Scripture that call us to rejoice. But some of my favorite Scripture passages are those that depict the Lord God as a God who rejoices.
Deuteronomy 30:9-10 – “For the LORD will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments.”
Isaiah 62:5 – “For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.”
Jeremiah 32:40-41 – “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; … Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul.”
Zepheniah 3:17 – “The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty one, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
What a glorious picture of an immensely happy and satisfied God! I would suggest to you that only the Triune God can rejoice. The monad god of the Muslims is a dour and severe god. His worship is oppressive because it is the attempt to placate him with human submission. The Muslim god Allah is a lonely hermit. He has no one to enjoy, and his rejoicing would only be so much laughter into the void.
But the Triune God finds immense and eternal joy in Himself. The Father shares intense moments of surpassing pleasure when He beholds His Son and rejoices to give Him a beautiful bride. The Son and the Spirit likewise rejoice in the joy of their bond with the Father and with one another. Here is a Father who rejoices, who delights, who in grace finds pleasure in doing good to His people because His people are a gift for His Son.
And therefore our worship is full of joy. Our worship is not the attempt to placate a stern and gloomy god with our submission. We are welcomed to come and offer our obedience and our faith and our repentance and our praises to a God who rejoices over us to do us good. And He does! He finds great cause for rejoicing when He considers you, the bride of His precious Son and the dwelling place for His dear Spirit.
So let us all worship God believing that He is rejoicing today, for He is! “He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Let us reflect His joy back to Him in our gladness and our love and our singing.
Come, let us worship our God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, world without end.