Delight in Us
Have you thought about God delighting in you? That is a difficult thought for me. I am a sinner. How can God delight in me? Do you think this, too?
Yes, Jesus went to the cross for me, and rose again to redeem me. I accept His love in His action. I depend on His sacrifice for eternity. Do you feel this way, too?
But … delight?
Can I stand it?
Yet, my heart yearns for intimacy with Him.
I have a quiet time with God most days. I bet you do, too. We read the Scriptures. We pray. But do we really let Him in to love us as only He can? Deeply and completely.
I delight in a lot of things. I love to feast my eyes on His wonderful creation. Water, flowers, hills and mountains, birds, animals and even bugs. All have their place. It’s a delight to watch how creation interacts with each other. I could go on and on, and in fact, I think I have.
But to be still and allow God to speak is something else. What if I hear words too loving to touch? And what about the warm blanket of affection that can surround me? Hmmm.
The Fact Is
God is fully devoted to us. We fall way short of our devotion to Him, but He understands us. He knows us thoroughly inside and out.
I think it is much like we know and love our children and grandchildren.
Even if they do things we disagree with.
Even if they are rebellious and grieve us.
Even if there is much loss through their choices.
Because we see the gifts and talents they possess, even if they do not.
Because we see the potential character in them that can or will be formed as they mature.
Because, even more so, God sees the person He created them to be.
“His Eye is on the Sparrow, and I know He watches me.”1
He loves me like that. Do you feel His love?
“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17) NIV.
Hymn by Civilla Durfee Martin and Charles Hutchinson Gabriel