Eph.1:5,6 – TPT – For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace —for the same love he has for his Beloved One, Jesus, he has for us. And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure!
Connecting the grace of God to His glory and our joy is huge. God’s grace upon fallen man displays the depths of God’s love. Jesus is the embodiment of that love. From eternity the Father and the Son have set their intentions on displaying the greatness of the glory of God through restoring fallen man. The greatest tragedy of all time, the crown of God’s creation created in His image, fell horribly into rebellion and sin. Instead of writing us off and starting over He became one of us to be judged in our place so that we could be made whole once again. This beautiful plan of redemption sets God’s love on display for all of the world to see. We are His joy and His joy becomes ours. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes this.
“When we pray for grace for the sake of Christ, we should intend thereby to desire God to remember that ’twill be to his Son’s joy and happiness; for the bestowment of God’s grace upon us was the joy that was set before him, the reward he expected, that made him cheerfully subject himself to such torments. Our happiness was a thing he really desired, and made an agreement with God about, by which he was to undertake great labors . . . and the more of us obtain grace, and the more grace and happiness we obtain, the more pleasure and glory doth he enjoy. And therefore ’tis for his sake we may ask of God, for our grace is his joy.”
So what is God’s story of redemption in you. Your redemption story is your greatest treasure and joy, this is how we see the beautiful grace of God on display. What kind of pit of misery did the Lord find you in? David said “he brought me out of a horrible pit and put a new song in my mouth”.
That describes the plan of God, He delivers us, changes us, restores our joy; all of this shows the greatness of His grace. So go ahead and sing His songs of joy, the louder you sing the more glory and joy resonates. No wonder Nehemiah said, “the joy of the Lord is your strength”.