John Piper on Psalm 95

John Piper, at Desiring God:

At the heart of this mission is the connection between the supremacy of God and joy. We believe that because God is supremely great—in power and wisdom and justice and goodness and truth and love—because he is supremely great and glorious, therefore to know him and have fellowship with him is the only source of supreme JOY. Psalm 95 says—and watch the fiery logic of heaven here—

Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Don’t miss this word “for” here (Hebrew kiy)—on it hangs our entire mission. If it falls, we fall. “Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms”—that’s our commitment to be joyful and to spread joy in God’s supremacy to all the peoples—“For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods”—above all! In other words the Lord is supreme. To condense it to the basics: Rejoice in God because God is supreme. The supremacy of God is the ground of our joy.

And because of that, we also believe our joy shows the supremacy of God’s value. If his greatness is the basis of our joy, then our joy is the evidence of his greatness. If the supremacy of God is the Rock of your joy, then the depth of your joy is the revelation of your Rock. So we love to say,

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

Our joy in him magnifies the glory of his supremacy over us.

So our mission is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples.