-1 Peter 1:8-9
I have an idea that God wants to give us joy that not limited. I have a thought that the joy that God has in store for us, in this life, is something that seems impossible; but He is going to give it to us anyway. I believe that God has unrestricted happiness available, that we get to live in.
I believe that God has unlimited delight for us, that he wants us to have now. I believe that joy is going to be the story, the fragrance, and the personality of God's people. I believe that a door is opening, for people, to walk into the unlimited space of delight.
I believe that God wants to take us into unrestrained happiness. People who thought they could never be happy will be surprised. People who thought that the Bible only gave us theory and truth, will find out that the experience of God, that the Bible's authors describe, is coming to them.
We are about to come into a place in God where we will experience unfettered joy. We are about to have unimpeded happiness. The controls that kept us back are about to be lifted.
God is about to do something that, in our minds, we deemed impossible. God is going to give us untrammelled delight. We are being set free to enjoy life.
You might be wondering why the title of this post is, "The Cow Jumped Over The Moon: Glorious Joy"? Here is the answer:
The phrase, "The cow jumped over the moon", means "untrammelled delight", or, "very happy or delighted". Some people think it also means, "something impossible".
-Not deprived of freedom of action or expression; not restricted or hampered.
I would say, that, "The cow jumped over the moon", is an expression of unrestricted, unfettered, delight, joy, and happiness experienced. I have read people saying, "I love you to the moon", or, "over the moon", or, "to the moon and back". These seem to signify great delight and pleasure in another person.
If we try to analyze the the nursery rhyme, "Hey Diddle Diddle", and not just say, "it's nonsense", then, we can see the absurd pictures that the words paint as meaning something.
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed,
To see such fun,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Cows do not jump over anything, much less, the moon. So, a cow jumping over the moon signifies something beyond our experience, beyond our rationality: something impossible. And that is how, I suppose, that people get that definition.
But, in literature, there is the saying, "Ready to jump over the moon in delight", from which we see the idea of extreme delight. I wonder if many children intuitively know what a cow jumping over the moon means, and then they begin to forget, as they grow out of childhood?
If you can make the connection, what I am saying is that I believe God has in mind, in store, and available now; "The cow jumped over the moon", experience of joy unspeakable. Have you ever thought about that verse? It means joy that can not be put into words, because it is so immense. Have you experienced that joy?
That joy from God is also glorious, or full of glory. Imagine I have a white board in front of us. In a circle, at the center of everything is the glory of God. God is glorious.
Everything about God is glorious. The meaning of the word glory carries the idea of honor. This is why we call the flag, "old glory". When beings in heaven say, "Glory!", it means "honor". God is honorable and The Honorable One.
We automatically worship God, when we come into contact with him. We give God glory. If God visits you, worshiping, and dropping to your knees or getting on your face, is the natural response.
The idea that the joy from God that he gives us is glorious joy, is that it is a gift from him and that we give back to him. We thoroughly enjoy what he gives us, but we give it back to him in living lives of worship. It is glory to glory.
The joy comes from God and we enjoy before him and give it back to him and he gives us more and it goes on and on. The giving it back does not mean we lose it, but the life lived from God is lived through God. We are completely free in God.