Three Ways to Experience God’s Delight In You

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. 

He will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with his love,

He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

Leigh Thompson’s blog, Christian Mama Meditations struck me.  She writes,

“I felt God’s gentleness as I read, “he will quiet you with his love.” Another translation says, “in his love he will no longer rebuke you.” Both translations simply say to me that God loves me, no matter what. He does not condemn me or rebuke me, but through His love He forgives me and accepts me.

And that’s not all God does for me. He delights in me and rejoices over me with singing. Really? Can I picture God being so happy with me that He is in heaven rejoicing over me with singing? What a beautiful example of His love for me! Reading that just made my day because part of my worship experience is singing praises to Him (alone, of course where no one but my cat can hear me), but I never pictured Him singing about his delight in me.”

We Were Created To Know What He Thinks And How He Feels Towards Us

When we connect to His delight in us for who we are, we want to become more acquainted with that delight.  The power of delight is that it draws us closer to the Lord and fuels our choices to be loving, caring, compassionate and kind.

When I recognize the Lord’s delight in me, I’m so encouraged because I’m aware of my faults.  I know my own weaknesses all too well.  But relating to Him this way causes me to adore Him all the more.  Feeling His delight in the midst of differing seasons, I am brought all the nearer.

Think about when you have done something well.  I mean really well.  It’s the project you worked on at work.  It’s the thing you built in the garage.  It’s the home-school day you orchestrated gracefully… the ball-game you excelled in, art contest you won… or even the child you served in your neighborhood.

How did you feel afterward?  Great, right?  And those emotions propel you do go further.  They actually catapult you forward.  It’s a positive cycle of delight.

But practically speaking, how do you and I stay connected to His delight?  

Here are three ways that we engage His delight: listening to Him in the quiet, reflecting on His words and speaking them right back to Him, we create space for the Delighter to fill.  Let’s look a bit deeper.

Listening To His Spirit in Prayer

One of the simple ways you can do this is by simply asking Him, “Father, what do you think about me?”  and “Father how do you feel towards me?”

We need to hear Him say, “I love you,” “I’m proud of you,” “You are precious to me,” “I love the way you love your husband, your wife, your children, your brother, sister, parents, etc.,” “You’re a diligent worker,”  “I enjoy spending time with you,” “I love to hear your voice,” “You have a pure heart.”

Giving the Lord time will always pay out a greater ROI (return on investment) than we expect.  He loves to give and loves to reveal His heart to the very objects of His affection.  His still small voice inside is one of the most powerful forces in our lives.

Meditating On His Delight In The Word

Thinking about His Word once we’ve read it is a lost art in today’s fast paced world.  But taking time to slowly and lovingly meditate on His Word gives our hearts the avenue for it to influence our souls.

“The Lord your God is with you, The Mighty Warrior who saves. 

He will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with his love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy.” (Psalm 147:11)

The above two passages directly reflect God’s delight in His people.  Read the passages over slowly.  Think through each phrase, even a little of the context of each phrase.  Write down the reflections that come to your mind as you do.  What does it mean that He is with me?  What does it mean that He takes pleasure in?

Speaking His Word Back to Him

Say the words out loud.  Say them quietly in your heart and put your name in the passage, “You are the Lord who takes pleasure in me, John, who fears You and who hopes in Your mercy.”

“You are the god who takes great delight in me, John.  You quiet me with Your love and rejoice over me with signing.  This is who You are and what You do.”

When we say the words back to God, we are affirming the truths of the Bible and relating to Him on His terms.  Our hearts come alive as we do this.  You can even memorize the verses and think on them throughout your day and week.

“This Changes Everything”

He is the Father who delights in His children, who sings over His children, who pursues His wayward children when they return home, giving them the family ring, robing them with royalty and throwing a feast for them (see Luke 15:11-24).

This may seem at first glance to be unconnected to you relating to your little one with joy, but let me appeal to you; your connection to His delight in your relationship with Him must be sacredly guarded.   Your belief that He delights in your relationship will impact the way you think about yourself and treat your spouse and children.

Your Homework

So go ahead.  Give it a try.  Be delighted in.

Take some time this week to ask the Lord about His enjoyment in you.  Talk to Him about these verses.

(For some of you, this is a piece of cake.  Some others, this is new territory.  You may have never had an authority figure who expressed his/her joy in who you are.  You may have had a parent who anything but delighted in you.  If that’s the case, first, I’m sorry.  I know a measure of your pain, but your story is unique.

It’s worth pressing through the unfamiliar.  However long it takes for the reality of His love to break in on your heart, it’s worth it.  He is the God of all comfort and delights in you.)

Tying It All Together

Our children are introduced to the Father through the love of their moms and dads. We best represent what He is like when we’re connected to His delight in us.  And when that happens, it empowers us to be the ‘Delighters’ giving them a window into the very Heart of the Father.

We cannot choose Jesus for them; they all have to come to the cross from their own free volition.  However, we can make Him ridiculously attractive by the way we reflect His heart.  And making Jesus attractive by reflecting His love and tenderness glorifies the Father of Delight.

How About You?

Is this challenging for you?  Is it hard to feel God’s delight in you?  Why do you think it is, if so?   Is it challenging for you to delight in your kiddos consistently?

Sarah and I want to know how this hits your heart because you’re not alone.  We want to see moms and dads just like you thrive.

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