We had the great pleasure this weekend of having our two grandchildren, Jackson and Emma, spend the night with us. Their energy and curiosity was astounding.
At one point, I passed by the bathroom as their Grandfather was helping them brush their teeth and wash their faces. The bathroom reverberated with little child giggles. (I never found brushing my own teeth to be so enjoyable, I'll have to ask "Granddaddy" what he does that is so much fun!) I stopped to listen to that sweet sound. It made me smile and laugh just hearing it.
Later, as I reflected on the moment, I realized my own joy in listening to my grandchildren's joy. I was happy that they were happy. I felt satisfaction knowing that they were in there having a good time with their Granddaddy.
How often, though, I forget that the Lord joys over me in the same way. He "joys over" me "with singing." He finds me "accepted in the Beloved."
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, John must have spoke not only of himself, but also of the Lord when he said, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." (3 John 1:4) What joy must fill the heart of God to know His children follow after His Word, and seek His face and love His ways.