12 Sermons: The Pleasures of God
The first and most fundamental thing we can say about the pleasures of God is that he takes pleasure in his Son.
God is never constrained to do a thing that he despises. He does whatever he wants.
God rejoices in his works because his works are an expression of his glory.
God's first love is his name and not his people. And because it is, there is hope for his sinful people.
God takes pleasure in election because it magnifies his name.
God does not do you good out of some constraint or coercion. He is free! And in his freedom he overflows in joy to do you good.
God's pleasure in his name and his pleasure in doing good to sinners meet and marry in his pleasure in bruising his Son.
God delights in those responses which mirror his magnificence.
Prayer is that wonderful transaction where the wealth of God's glory is magnified and the wants of our soul are satisfied.
Obedience to God makes our God-glorifying hope visible and proves that it is real in our lives.
Having just and honest dealings in the world displays our confidence that God always cares and provides for his children.
God's joy, his desire, his want and wish and hope and pleasure and gladness and delight is to give the kingdom to his flock.