I was reading the chapter on Creation in A Faith for All Seasons for my Historic Christian Belief class tomorrow and came upon this phrase that made me think. I’ll put it in context for you.
Here Edwards distinguished between what has been called God’s necessary work and God’s free work. It is necessary for God the Father to beget the Son and exist on the high order of Trinity in order to delight in himself. Otherwise God would not be God. But God needs nothing outside of himself in order to be completely happy with who he is.
The Lord your God is in your midst,A mighty one who will save;He will rejoice over you with gladness;He will quiet you with his love;He will exult over you with loud singing.