God Loves to Dance
Who do you believe is the happiest person in the world? Is it the person with the greatest amount of money? Or the one wielding the greatest amount of worldly power? Not so. The happiest person is not a human being. The happiest person in the universe is actually God!
Most people don’t associate happiness with God. Instead, they think of Him as a somber, serious, sin-conscious being, who is almost always at least a little angry and disappointed with these fallen creatures He brought into being thousands of years ago. They portray a God who is perpetually in a bad mood. How untrue!
The truth is just the opposite. God is, in fact, “infinitely happy because He is infinitely perfect.” That’s right, infinitely happy because infinitely holy! His happiness flows from His perfections; the result of being completely holy. God is not sad and God is not mad.
Instead, God is: “The Good Being, a fountain of infinite benevolence…eternal, independent, and self-existent…whose purposes and actions spring from Himself, without foreign motive or influence…the most pure, the most simple, and the most spiritual of all essences…true and holy…the cause of all being…eternally self-sufficient, needing nothing that He has made…who, from His infinite goodnesss, can do nothing but what is eternally just, right, and kind.” (Adam Clarke’s Commentary)
How can such One so perfect, so holy, and so complete not be infinitely happy!
Religion, surely under the influence of Satan, has done a masterful job in distorting the picture of God and the nature of holiness. But Jesus, who revealed the Father perfectly, painted quite a different picture of His Father and of the effect of His holiness on the minds and hearts of those who knew Him well and fellowshipped deeply with Him. Check out the story of the Prodigal son, in Luke 15, and you will see what the Father is truly like according to Jesus. You will see the Holy God at work, planning and throwing a huge party for His son, replete with lots of food, joyful music, and plenty of dancing. God loves a good party. He loves to “dance!” Hallelujah!
David apparently knew this as well because he writes:
“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalms 16:11 NKJV)
The NCV makes the link between God’s holiness and His happiness even clearer:
“You will teach me how to live a holy life. Being with you will fill me with joy; at your right hand I will find pleasure forever. (Psalms 16:11 NCV)
Child of God, the Gospel is the good news of a happy and holy God who has forgiven us of all our sins and is making it possible for us to be as holy and happy as He is, through our union with His Son. You see, God loves to dance. And He is inviting you and the whole world to dance with Him in Christ. Amen!