I recently decided to pick up again John Piper's book The Pleasures of God. I remember certain things about this book that made an impact on my life but there is so much in the book that I need to be reminded of in order to understand God and the gospel to a greater extent. I want to drink in the fact that God finds his greatest delight in himself and that "God delights to give us the very delight that he has in himself." Simply amazing and encouraging. The book / sermon series came from a line in Henry Scougal's book The Life of God and the Soul of Man in which Piper read the words:
The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love.
While Scougal was speaking on a human level John Piper thought this is also true of God. The greatest delight of God's soul is found in loving himself. How is that not pride or arrogance? Simply because God is the greatest treasure. God cannot find a higher object to love or someone superior to himself. If God worshipped or love someone or something else he would be an idolater and therefore cease to be God. Piper says this about the gospel:
The gospel is the good news that God is the all-satisfying end of all our longings, and that even though he does not need us, and is in fact estranged from us because of our God-belittling sins, he has, in the great love with which he loved us, made a way for sinners to drink at the river of his delights through Jesus Christ. And we will not be enthralled by this good news unless we feel that he was not obliged to do this. He was not coerced or constrained by our value. He is the center of the gospel. The exaltation of his glory is the driving force of the gospel. The gospel is the gospel of grace! And grace is the pleasure of God to magnify the worth of God by giving sinners the right and power to delight in God without obscuring the glory of God.
What a great God and great gospel.
Grace upon grace,