“The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love.”
- Henry Scougal
If what Henry said is true, and God is the most worthy and excellent of all beings, then what does God delight in? What does God love? What is it that God finds pleasure in?
The answer is that God is most satisfied in His Son. God’s first and foremost pleasure is in the Son of God.“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 17:5). Within the Trinity, God has delighted for all eternity.“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God”(John 1:1-2). “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights” (Isaiah 41:1).
And the Son of God is taught in the scriptures to be God himself. Thus God delights in being God. I know this is a weird statement. It seems selfish that God would love Himself. We are taught the exact opposite thing in the scriptures. We are taught to be selfless and not vain. We don’t like those kind of people.
Yet if you think about it this makes sense. If God was to not delight in His own glory then He would cease to be God. He would nullify the truth that He is the source of infinite joy. It would imply that there was something more valuable out there.
Like Henrey Scougal said, “The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love”. And if God, who is the most excellent of all, delighted in man or anything else then He would not have much worth. God, however, is the most worthy of all. He is the only fountain of everlasting joy. He is the one true source of joy and delight.
I want to finish this post with a quote from the book “Desiring God” by John Piper that I believe sums everything up quite well.
His [God's] happiness is the delight He has in Himself. Before creation, He rejoiced in the image of His glory in the person of His Son. Then the joy of God “went public” in the works of creation and redemption. These works delight the heart of God because they reflect His glory. He does everything He does to preserve and display that glory, for in this His soul rejoices.