Psalms 147:3, 6, 11, 14 (NET)
“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. 6 The LORD lifts up the oppressed, but knocks the wicked to the ground. 11 The Lord takes delight in His faithful followers, and in those who wait for His loyal love. 14 He has made His people victorious and given all His loyal followers reason to praise – the Israelites, the people who are close to Him – praise the LORD!”
Psalm 149:4 (ISV)
“For the LORD is pleased with his people; he beautifies the afflicted with salvation.”
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
There is nothing so precious as the smile on a child’s face when that child knows they are delighted in. Almost embarrassed from the expression of love surrounding them, the smile gives away their delight in the security of your love. In much the same way, a spouse can sense when they are adored – it makes the soul happy to be the source of someone else’s delight.
It is that part of our being that craves acceptance, wants to know we are pleasing, that yearns for a Daddy’s love, which only God can fill. Much like Adam and Eve, we are easily deceived and tend to want to hide from God when we think we have not lived up to His expectations. All the while He is saying, come to me – you who I love with an unconditional, everlasting love – and let me wash you and make you as white as snow.
Time and time again people will let us down. But perhaps we are going to them for the acceptance that God can only give. It is painful to have to be so needful – we would rather be in the position of strength, giving to others. But it is on the receiving end of such a love that we are truly able to give that love out to others, as well.
Are we weary, beaten down, feel like we can never experience the goodness of God? Come. He delights in you. Do we feel the sting of rejection from others? Come, He delights in you. Do we hurt from afflictions of this fallen world – diseases, betrayal, failure? Come, dear one. He delights in you!
Tears well in my eyes when I consider His faithful love. Never fading, always accepting. Fully knowing, yet chasing after us to reveal His steadfast love to us. As we are delighted in, so may we delight in Him. Living like we are delighted in makes all the difference in the world. Made in His image, secure in His love, we can delight in others, as well,
Lord, help us to rest in the knowledge of Your delight in us. Heal wounds in Your children today all for Your glory.