In Luke 10:21-24 Jesus teaches us how to rejoice with God.
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Reading backwards slightly in this Gospel passage from Luke, the disciples are reporting gleefully back to Jesus about their conquest of demons. And Jesus tells them, don’t be so excited about your power over demons, but be joyous that your names are inscribed in Heaven. Then He lifts up praise to the Father with joy in the Holy Spirit. What a beautiful moment Luke captures here, uniting the Holy Trinity in prayer.
When we are joyful, when we are grateful, when something happy comes to us, what is our experience? How do we respond? In this instance, we see that Jesus rejoices in the Holy Spirit and prays to His Father in Heaven. Do we block out the Holy Spirit? Do we give praise to the Father? Do we thank Our Lord Jesus Christ? It’s a unique opportunity to interact with God in a special and joyous moment, one that God would want to share with us, for God is love.
In this passage, Jesus shows the disciples how to respond to God in joy. And while God hides this communion with God from the “wise and learned”, He has revealed it to “the childlike” (or as it is expressed in my personal Bible from an earlier published version, “the merest child”.) So are you more like the wide and learned, or are you the childlike? Do you resist the joyous encounter with God or do you embrace it like a child?
God loves you. He wants to share in your great moments of life, just as He wants to share in your sad moments. It’s okay to love Him back! It’s okay to respond to God’s invitation to commune. Many kings and prophets desired to have it. Blessed are the eyes that see what you can see.
Glory to God!