God does what he pleases: Psalm 115

Where is God? Having His way and will on all for His glory. Amen.

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Today’s reading: Psalms 115-118.

Many in the world deny the existence of Jehovah. Some are atheists, and some worship other gods which are only idols. As the psalmist says (paraphrased here), their idols can’t lift a pinkie to do anything either good or bad. On the other hand, God’s actions are limitless.

Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. Psalm 115:3

John Piper has done much to explore this topic, discussing it most fully in his book, The Pleasures of God. Let me credit him for developing the following ideas. Let’s start by realizing that the idea of pleasure has two aspects: the pleasure to do whatever one chooses, and the pleasure one enjoys from his or her actions. The first pleasure is the freedom of choice, an exercise of the will. The second pleasure is a feeling or mood, an exercise of the emotions. In the…

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