He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
As a verb, the word delight means to please, enchant, captivate or thrill (someone) greatly.
As a noun, delight means great pleasure, happiness, joy, glee or gladness
The other day at church before the service, I was as I have been for the past week or so, full of anxiety over a few things. I’ve been trying hard to just give it all to God and not worry so much, but sometimes some things just won’t let go of my mind. So, while I waited for American boy who was still at the youth study, I cracked open my Bible to Psalms. It didn’t matter which one, because all of them are good for soothing a weary soul. I happened to open to Psalm 18.
As always, a word or phrase will jump out at me to consider, and this time it was the idea that the Lord delights in me, in you, in us. That’s taken some thought for me today to mull things over- because I know I’m not a very delightful person sometimes.
What does it mean that God delights in us? How could that be? I know He loves us, but He created us, so He kind’a ‘has to’ so to speak. But He musn’t always delight in us, especially when we’re being brats- which I know I can be too often.
For those of us who are parents, or at least aunts and uncles or have interaction with kids- we can understand the delight we get from them, especially when they “discover” something, investigate and ask questions, or when they laugh and find joy in something as simple as a butterfly and butterfly kisses….
To see them healthy, joyful and just exuberant about something does bring us delight, even when we’re frustrated or angry with them. I imagine God is a lot like that with us. Sunday TX, SJMom and I were talking about something TX’s Sunday lesson was about (Seasons of life- how not to pull back from what Season God might be having us in, or being ready to move when He brings another season about). As we talked about not knowing exactly when God is doing something, or it’s us, Mom brought up her ‘pestering’ God, and TX replied that maybe it’s our way of saying to Him, “Are we there yet?”
I think the Lord delights in us when we reach that point where we feel free enough to pester Him, and be excited about the prospect of getting there. Where He is. He loves when we investigate and question Him, and loves when we are happy in living between His guard rails. He delights in our joy, and in our coming to Him when we’re hurting. Just like we do with our kids.
Psalm 37:4 says, Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
How do we delight ourselves in the Lord? Well again, “Are we there yet?” We long to be with Him- face to face and in His presence. We delight ourselves by knowing how much He loves us and wants what’s best for us… even when things are hard and we don’t quite know what we’re supposed to do, except trust in Him.
We delight in Him whenever we consider His ways, His creation and His kids, and when we love one another, encourage and help carry each other’s burdens for a season.
I delighted in Him on Sunday in His Word, and Him taking my anxiety away for a time and in the reminder that no matter what happens, He is in control. And the desire of my heart is that I want to just let go and Let Him, and to be overwhelmed by Him. And that in turn Delights Him.
Have a blessed and delightful day all.