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the Father’s joy

30 Jul

I am looking forward to tomorrow…Sunday…church day…a work day for me. I am mulling over the sermon I am going to preach in less than twelve hours…. “The Father’s Joy.” That phrase has been in my heart and mind all week long….the Father’s joy…the Father’s joy… What is it that brings the Father joy? How much of my life is spent thinking about what makes me happy, but how about God, what makes him truly happy? It seems to me that the Father receives joy from his children. Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV) says: The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

It is humbling to think that the Father takes delight (finds joy) in me. It seems to me that the Father is overjoyed when his purposes for me are fulfilled—specifically when I partner with the Holy Spirit in allowing my life to be conformed into the image of Christ. “The Father’s Joy” is the first part of my trinitarian vision of spiritual transformation—the Father’s Joy, the Son’s example & the Spirit’s work. God is stirring this in me.

I have been listening to Jason Upton’s album Faith. Good stuff. Jason reminds me a lot of Keith Green—same spirit and at times, same sound. I have been particularly drawn to the song “Come Up Here.” This is the song in my head these days. Here are the lyrics:

Come up here (John on the Island of Patmos)
w/m Jason Upton

I was dreaming of the holy city
I was wearing my wings
Then I looked up and saw a doorway to heaven
And I heard you calling me

Come up here, come up now
My beloved, my beloved
Come up here, come up now
My beloved, my beloved, come

I want to fly, like an eagle in the sky
I want to fly through that doorway in the sky
And Come

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Posted by on July 30, 2006 in Ministry

 

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