God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. … You will be enriched in every way for the sake of generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:8–11
The motto on God’s wall reads, “Happiness increases more through giving than receiving!” So God’s grace is all about his efforts to incorporate us into his joy. Indeed, this is why the gospel is about the glory of the happy God. So it’s no wonder that he loves cheerful givers. He loves cheerful givers so much that he does everything he can to make it possible for us to involve ourselves in his joy. Because God is infinitely happy with how he has wisely and powerfully organized his own life, he can’t contain himself. Nor does he fear running out of resources for doing good to us. He even reminds us that he rejoiced to do good for his people in the past and promises he will rejoice to do us good in the future. Regardless of how imaginative we are, we will not be able to devise or design a diversity of good deeds that will come close to draining his sufficiency. Thus the prospect of increasing our own joy through generosity remains unhindered. Then as we cheerfully recirculate the riches of God’s grace into the lives of others, we can anticipate an explosion of joy in the form of exuberant thanksgiving to God and appreciation of us.
Lord Jesus, may I be like you, so delighted in the riches of your grace that I pour them out for others.