God’s Delights

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Have you ever had divinity?  Mmm, mmm, good!

As a kid, I thought that this yummy confection of egg whites, sugar, and nuts was actually from Heaven. I mean, who but God had the right to give it such a pretentious name? So I figured it must be His favorite candy, and I imagined Him mixing up batches of the stuff, using the angels as taste-testers before sending it down to earth. (I’ve always had a pretty active imagination.) In other words, I thought divinity delighted God.

Somewhere along the way, I realized that God was a bit deeper than that. And I began to wonder: well, (if not divinity) what does delight God? What warms His heart and brings a smile to His face?

The Bible tells us that God delights in:

  1. Showing mercy. God enjoys reconciling His estranged children to Himself.

“He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy” (Micah 7:18, NKJV).

  1. Our obedience. His commands are not arbitrary; they are given to help us safely negotiate our dangerous world of sin. Just as it grieves Him when our disobedience causes pain, it delights Him when we dodge harm by obeying.

“The Lord … delights in those whose ways are blameless (Proverbs 11:20, NIV).

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?” (1 Samuel 15:22, NKJV).

  1. Blessing those who turn to Him. Have you ever seen new parents as they watch their child open presents on their first Christmas? If so, you’ve probably seen that look of sheer delight in their eyes as the baby babbles excitedly over her gifts. In the same way, God, just like any good parent, enjoys giving good things to His children.

“The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors,  if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 30:9, 10, NIV).

  1. Communing with His children. When parents send their kids off to college, they sometimes joke that the kids only call when they need money. Similarly, God likes to hear from us—and not just when we need something.

“The prayer of the upright is His delight” (Proverbs 15:8, NKJV).

Did you catch the common theme in all of these verses? What is it that warms God’s heart and brings a smile to His face?

You do.

“ Blessed be the Lord your God, who delighted in you.” (I Kings 10:9)

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