“So the first thing the Bible tells us is that happiness is possible. And I emphasize that because this is the most staggering, the most surprising thing of all in a world like this; but it is the great message of the Bible. It comes to us as we are, and it says, ‘Happiness, blessedness,…


“If it is the very summit of happiness to enjoy the presence of God, is it not miserable to lack it?” John Calvin* Modern preachers and theologians often try to distinguish joy from happiness, usually with the aim of saying that joy is a Christian experience whereas happiness is not.  Older preachers and theologians were…


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“Think not, dear young people, that true religion will detract from your happiness. It is a reproach cast upon your Maker to indulge such a thought. It cannot be. A God of goodness never required anything of his creatures which did not tend to their true felicity. Piety may indeed lead you to exchange the…


“The vocal expression of praise by sacred song is one of our greatest delights.” Charles Spurgeon Worship makes God happy. He absolutely delights in His people’s praises and prayers (Ps. 149:4). But worship also makes the worshippers happy. That’s not our aim – our aim is to please God – but personal joy is a…


“God’s passion for his own glory and his passion for my joy in him are not at odds.” John Piper* Three times we are told that our God is “blessed forever” (Rom. 1:25; 9:5; 2 Cor. 11:31). But what makes Him so happy? Being perfectly holy must be a great source of happiness. The absence…