The climax of God's happinessThen later this morning I was listening to Switchfoot in the car and this song really stuck with me...
is the delight he takes
in the echoes of his excellence
in the praises of his people.
Happy is a yuppie wordSo who has the hold on happiness? God or the Yuppies? No offence to Switchfoot, but I think I'm going with God on this one. Piper's thesis is very interesting. Basically God is in love with himself. I know that sounds wrong. Because we don't respect people who are in love with themselves and we are taught from the scriptures that love "seeketh not her own". But with God it is different because he is perfect.
Nothing in the world could fail me now
It's empty as an argument
I'm running down a life that won't cash out (cash out)
God is the one being in the universeIt is right for God to glory in His Glory.
for whom self-exaltation
is the highest virtue
and the most loving act.
Piper on the idea of "glory"...
God's glory is the beauty of his manifold perfections. It can refer to the bright and awesome radiance that sometimes breaks forth in visible manifestations. Or it can refer to the infinite moral excellence of his character.God is glorified by his creation. The stars, the sunsets, the Grand Canyon, all of these things give glory to God. We will find our greatest happiness when the totality of our lives gives glory to Him.
Piper words it this way:
For God is most glorified in usThis gives legitimacy to the pursuit of happiness. It ends up at the feet of God.
when we are most satisfied in him.