God, our heavenly Father, delights in us! We underestimate the joy God has in His people, and too often think He is annoyed or angry with us. But God cannot rest in His love for us. It is beyond measure. In fact, we give Him so much joy that He breaks into song! He rejoices over us with gladness. Is this reality not amazing?
“The Lord your God in your midst, the Might One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 (NKV)
“Think of the great Jehovah singing! Can you imagine it? Is it possible to conceive of the Deity breaking into a song: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost together singing over the redeemed? God is so happy in the love which He bears to His people that He breaks the eternal silence, and sun and moon and stars with astonishment hear God chanting a hymn of joy.” ~ Spurgeon
God not only loves His children, but He loves to love them. Although He grieves over the sins we commit, He rejoices in the services we perform in His holy name. He freely expresses His joy by lifting His voice in song.
Genesis 1 explains how God created the universe and states that He viewed His work as good (Gen. 1:12, 25 ). And after the sixth day, we are told that God saw all of His work as very good (Gen. 1:31), but His creation did not cause Him to burst into songs of praise.
“If God sings, shall not we sing? He did not sing when he made the world. No; He looked upon it, and simply said that it was good. The angels sang, the sons of God shouted for joy: creation was very wonderful to them, but it was not much to God, who could have made thousands of worlds by His mere will. Creation could not make Him sing … When all was done, and the Lord saw what became of it in the salvation of His redeemed, then He rejoiced after a divine manner.” (Spurgeon)
It was not until Jesus redeemed mankind from eternal damnation, conquering sin and death through His victory over the cross, that God celebrated with jubilation. With exuberance He now rejoices over His restored relationship with us. With a holy fear, we have come to understand the cost of the cross and the grace He bestowed. Only through the righteous blood of Jesus Christ are we too, righteous.
“ God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV)
God takes pleasure in those who hope in His mercy, in those who respect and revere Him in awe.
“The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.” Psalm 147:11 (NKJV)
So, to sum things up, consider this possibility. Could the root of what God delights in us, be that we delight in Him?
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4 (NKJV)
The true reason to be glad that God delights in our delight in Him is because it confirms that our delight is truly in God. When we fixe our gaze on Him, it deepens our joy in His love, beauty, and grace. May our hearts ring out with continuous thanks and praise for the goodness and unfathomable love of our God and blessed Savior.
“Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.”
Psalm 63:3 (NKJV)
“The LORD is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made.” Psalm 145:9 (NIV)
“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.” Psalm 145:3 (NKJV)
“Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:8-9 (NKJV)