THE JOY OF HEAVEN

Psa. 2:4 ¶ He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.

I am convinced that heaven is an exceedingly happy place. As a matter of fact there is no sorrow at all, only joy found in that place we call heaven. Paul told us that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a foretaste of heaven, experiencing the power of His presence is the most joyful experience anyone can taste in this life. In other words, the more full of the Spirit you become, the happier you will be. In His presence is absolute fullness of joy. I am convinced that the last thing the devil heard when he was banished from heaven was God’s holy laughter. If God sits in the heavens and laughs at His enemies it only makes sense that He is laughing at the devil. No wonder the enemy hates joy and does his best to spread depression and misery. Here are some thoughts from Jonathan Edwards on the joyful worship in heaven.

“This doctrine may give us an idea of the glorious and happy state of the saints in heaven. It shows how joyfully and gloriously they spend their time. Joy is a great ingredient in praise. There is an exultation of spirit in fervent praise. Praise is the most joyful work in the world. And how joyful a society are they that join together, so many thousands and millions of them, with one heart and one soul, to sing a new song before the throne, that fill heaven with their glorious melody! How joyful they are in their work, appears in the text, by their fervency in it, so that their voices resounded as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder. What ineffable joy was there is those harpers whom John heard harping with their harps!”
Often, the sounds of laughter fill our church when the Lord is pouring out His Spirit. When this first began to happen several years ago I remember the distinct impression I had as I listened to the sound of joy. I felt as if I was hearing the very sounds of heaven breaking out among us. If heaven is as happy as I suspect, I can’t wait to get there. I can’t wait to get to that place of no more sorrow, no more pain; but only the beautiful sounds of joy.

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