“He also brought me out into a broad place; he delivered me because He delighted in me.”—Psalm 18:19
Just think about the reason for our redemption! The Lord saves us not out of a sense of duty or to satisfy some onerous obligation. Deliverance comes instead as a result of His delight in us. Grace flows happily from the heart of God and fills the forgiven sinner’s empty cup. Had this deliverance sprung from any other source, our chastened consciences would prod us toward whispered sighs of relief and quiet throbbing shame. But He delights in us! And this delight of the Deliverer fuels our own delight. Once we grasp this truth about the character of God and His amazing love for us, we can only respond with exuberance and celebration.
“You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent . . .”—Psalm 30:11
God loves us with a love unfailing. He delights in us with a faithful delight so overwhelming that we cannot help but change. Oh, the joy He gives us! Our gladness explodes like so much fizz from a shaken bottle of pop, pushed open with the upward pressure of praise. Our glory is to glorify Him. That’s why He turns our mourning into dancing. God, give me no glory save the glory that glorifies You.