1 Tim.1:11 – according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God (happy God), with which I have been entrusted.
The foundation of our Christian faith is joy. Now for some, that may sound strange or even doctrinally problematic, nevertheless at the end of the day our God is a happy God. He is happy because He is totally sufficient in Himself lacking nothing. In other words, there is nothing that He needs, nothing anyone can give Him or do for Him that would improve or add to Him. He doesn’t need humans or any rest of His creation to do anything for Him, there is completeness within the Trinity that can be described as complete or overflowing joy. Yep, our God is a happy God. Jonathan Edwards has been spun over the years as the guy who preached on hell. If you study Edwards for yourself you will find that that doesn’t tell the whole story. The underlying theme of Edwards was the happiness of God. He believed that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were more than enough to satisfy themselves. Here is a quote from Edwards on the happy God.
“God is happy in beholding the brightness of His own glory; but this glory He beholds in beholding His Son, whom, we are told, is the brightness of His glory, the express image of His Person. In beholding this perfect, express image, He has an infinitely more perfect view of Himself and the brightness of His own glory than a man has who beholds his own image in a glass. And thus it is that God loves and delights in Himself, in that infinite and eternal delight that is between the Father and the Son. And because God’s happiness thus consists in the communion of the Persons of the Trinity, and the love and delight of the Father and the Son in each other, hence the apostle, when speaking of the special happiness of Christians, and how that therein they partake of the happiness of God, mentions the Persons of the Trinity and says, “Our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
So the bottom line of the Father’s happiness was the joy He finds in His Son. This joy that flows from intimacy is what was purchased for us. We are brought into this oneness or fellowship that our joy may also be full. So there it is, heaven is a place of joy. We no longer have to be depressed, we have been called into the joy of the Lord.