You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

—Psalm 16:11

This joy is what we are to live for, yearn for and desire greatly, because it is joy that is not sought for the sake of joy itself, but it is joy sought, treasured, and found only in the Person of God.

May God increase, by incredible measure, the delight of hearts and even enlarge our hearts that we might be able to know Him better and more fully and more sweetly.

There is only one explanation for God’s sacrifice for us. It is not us. It is “the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7). It is all free. It is not a response to our worth. It is the overflow of his infinite worth. In fact, that is what divine love is in the end: a passion to enthrall undeserving sinners, at great cost, with what will make us supremely happy forever, namely, his infinite beauty.

John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die


I love this simple reminder that God’s sacrifice for us is not all about us. It is all about “the overflow of his infinite worth.” The Gospel takes the attention off us and places it on the person of Jesus Christ and the work that He did.

Our lives then are freed from our miserable smallness so that we can live for something far greater: glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.

Lord, I pray that you would grant this work in us. Free us from ourselves. Free us from the multitude of things that distract us from You and keep us from enjoying you more fully and from giving you the glory due Your name. We love you Lord.