God loves us. He delights in us. It’s his pleasure to help us. It doesn’t seem I addressed this well in my last entry, so I’ll try again. Apparently others have tried to express the same thought but also fall short. I’ll take a minute and address a few, because they have good points:
Psalm 35:27 “God delights in the well-being of His servant.”
If you ever doubt that God cares about your well-being; simply read this verse. He does. He cares about the details of our lives and how we are doing.
I was thinking this morning about how I was struggling in a certain area of my life. How it was nearly bringing me to tears. Then, this was the verse I happened to flip to in my little notebook. What a timely reminder that God cared how I was feeling and what I was going through!
Not only did it remind me that God cared about my emotional and physical struggles but it showed me that what He does for me is never dutiful. It is a joy. A DELIGHT.
Yes, God delights in our well-being. But today too many people think our well-being must be the thing that brings us great immediate comfort. That, however, isn’t always so. He cares about everything that happens to us, but he doesn’t stop everything that happens that we might perceive as negative. Why? Because he DOES love us. All of us. He doesn’t stop all negative in a fallen world from affecting us, but uses even the negative for positive if we’ll allow him to. Besides, he sees the bigger picture. He knows the end from the beginning.
I seriously doubt I’m the only one who has trouble thinking that God might allow us to go through something bad-really, really bad-for our own good, much less someone else’s. But then I think of the cross. God went through something really, really bad for our good. What right do I have to expect him to then never allow anything bad in my life?
Recently, Leandra Livesay blogged:
Delight! Such a fun word, the sound of it is just happy and joyful! The dictionary defines Delight as 1: a high degree of gratification : joy; also : extreme satisfaction. 2: something that gives great pleasure.
Some of the things I delight in are watching my children laughing and playing with each other, watching an incredible sunset on the beach, spending time with family I haven’t seen in along time, seeing teenagers give their hearts to The Lord and most anything chocolate!
What are some things you “delight” in? The things we delight in are often what we love more than anything else, people or things we want to spend our time on. Have you ever thought that YOU are a delight? And not to just anyone. You are a delight, bringing great joy and satisfaction to the God who created you! How incredible is that?
This verse from the prophet Zephaniah really spoke to me years ago and helped me to realize how much God loves me. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17.
God takes great delight in you, He loves you, He rejoices over you. You are special and bring great pleasure to Him. The incredible emotions of delight you feel over the things that bring you joy are not even close to the way He feels about YOU! He demonstrated this by not only creating you exactly as you are, but by then sending His son to die for and redeem you. What amazing love!
The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Throughout the Bible, we are told to ‘take delight in God” (Psalm 37:4) and to ‘rejoice in God (I Chronicles 16:10).
However, here is a wonderful picture of reversal. God is said to take delight in us and rejoice over us – with singing!!
Picture God jumping over the smallest achievement in us as a parent takes great pride in his child’s slightest action. Then imagine god breaking out in songs of happiness because of us! That is the kind of heavenly Father we have.
However, this does not mean that God is an indulgent parent who just spoils us rotten. The text here refers to those ‘remnant’ – the people who are the ‘residual’ believers who stick up for God and worship God despite the nation’s rebellion. These people have taken God to be their delight and in doing so, God takes delight in them as well.
God loves all of us (even with our sins and all) but it is those who have chosen to follow Him that He takes great delight in and rejoices over.
“Such as are upright in their way are his delight” (Proverbs 11:20).
“The prayer of the upright is his delight” (15:8).
“My strong enemy [was]…too strong for me…but the Lord was my stay. He brought me forth into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me” (Psalm 18:17-19)
These are closer to what I wanted to express. He loves us. He delights in us. It’s his pleasure to do good for us.
Can you imagine a child who’s father delights in him? Who has Daddy’s full attention when he gurgles or coos or tries to stand up? When that child locks eyes with his daddy, Daddy doesn’t see anything else in the room. Time stops while he enjoys that moment with his child. That’s how God feels about you and me, too. It’s hard to imagine we might have the full attention of the God of the universe. And of course, because God is God we can all have his full attention at the same time, which is a little different. But when we pray, when we worship, when we just think about God… have we stopped to consider we have the full attention of the One who made us and who not only loves us, but is love?
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