God is a laugh-er, a dancer, a jolly-old-saint-nick type of guy

God is so happy. He’s like the combination of a little child on Christmas morning and a parent who found the perfect gift. His smile reaches from ear to ear. His senses are so extremely ticklish. All it takes to make him laugh and leap for joy is a simple glance with your eyes. Say hi to him and he cheers like a boyfriend who just became a fiancé. Is it hard to believe he gets so excited about you? Just think about the last time you saw people goggling over a baby when it made the slightest noise or movement. God doesn’t have any limits. His joy is never ending. What’s the most joyful expression you’ve seen from a human being? For me, my wife continually raises the bar of what joy is. Whether it was when I proposed to marry her or simply proposed the idea of getting coffee and donuts, when her joy releases, it’s one of the most captivating and happy sights. It starts with a gasp, eyes widening, and then a simultaneous springing of the legs and waving of the arms. Her voice, facial expressions, and limbs all moving at their max output from the joy dancing around in her like a whirlwind.

For God, this type of joy would merely be the introduction of the book that is his joy. With people showing such a capacity for ridiculous, crazy joy, can you imagine how much more joyful God is, since we are made in his image, a reflection of what he is like? Just when I thought I had a pretty good image of him, he shows up in a way that sets the bar even higher. The other night I saw him in a dream and he didn’t look serious or mad. Those words couldn’t be more distant from describing him. He looked like a big yellow smiley face: two bouncy eyes and the deepest smile you’ve ever seen. I know him better than anyone or anything in my life, yet sometimes it feels like I don’t know him at all. He just gets better and better.

The Bible says, “He happily rejoices over you, renews you with his love, and celebrates over you with shouts of joy” (Zephaniah 3:17). And what the Bible says about his great joy is just the starting point. If he shows up in your imagination as rolling on the ground with laughter that could move a mountain, and you don’t remember that being in the Bible, don’t be afraid to believe that it’s still him. If the Bible revealed everything there was to learn about God, he would be small, and there would be no need for relationship with him. The Bible even says, “There are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25).

Let God’s joy flow over you. . .

Imagine God celebrating with dance, song, and shouts of joy. What do you see? That is who he is. Soak in that picture. Any worries or depression cannot survive in that environment. They become like a bat exposed to the sun.

Today, learn something about God from the Bible and also something that isn’t in the Bible. Perhaps read about his joy in the book of John or Song of Solomon. Let him use your imagination to teach you things outside of the Bible, or maybe look at your own joy and realize that it comes from God, and that it’s a little picture of what he is like. Every good thing you see--in you, in others, in the world--is a glimpse of God. I know, it’s hard to fathom how good he is.