The word “exult” is not used very often. What does it mean? One definition says “the ultimate joy.” When teams and athletes win a championship after many years of workouts and training, there is the exultation. But it also means to boast. Many modern day athletes are really good at this. When they’ve done really well it’s, “World, look at me. Look at how great I am.” Yet there’s an occasional athlete, when they’ve done something great, who will look up to the heavens. Sometimes they’ll kneel in prayer and thank God, giving Him the glory. It’s rare, but it really gives us a kind of understanding about what God’s Word is saying: “Not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”
In other words, the ultimate joy and the ultimate boasting is when we can boast in the Lord for what God has done. This exultation begins when we receive salvation from our sins and are made right with God, deciding to follow Jesus in faith. Yet, there is more. There will be incredible exultation at the end of this life when we are in the presence of God forever and ever!
The great Swiss theologian, Karl Barth, was speaking in the United States. His intellect was so towering that people were in absolute awe of his brilliant mind. After he spoke, he had a Q&A time. One person stood and asked, “Dr. Barth, what is the greatest thought that has ever entered your mind? What is the greatest thought that your mind has ever experienced?” He thought for a moment, and then replied, “Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so.” That fact gives us cause for exultation!