Delight

Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Five Minute Friday | 30 comments

He will take great delight in you;

in his love he will no longer rebuke you,

but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephania 3:17

I’ve been thinking a lot these days about this scripture. When I saw the prompt today, Delight, this is the first thing that came to mind. This scripture followed by the words of Psalm 1, …”but His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on this law he meditates day and night-”

I think I live in a place in between the dessert and the meadows. I sojourn over hills and through forests of life forgetting that I should delight in the Lord, and even more I forget that He delights in me.

I don’t often feel worthy of being delighted over. I know the stuff that swirls ugly in my heart and I am slayed again and again by the words in Zephania. And I have to challenge myself daily to let those words sink in. He rejoices over me. He rejoices over you. He loves to love us. When I think about this, I cannot help but delight in Him, because He is abundantly good and giving, always. 

This morning, I’m afraid I ramble. the words Coming slow and thick and jumbled. I take away one thing in this moment and if you have stopped here today, I pray this is your take-away as well, the Father rejoices over you. He delights in you, even when you feel unworthy of His grace, He loves anyway. Delight in His words, and meditate on them, and be like the tree that does not wither. Watch how He prospers you because you believe in His goodness above all else.

Stop.

 

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  • http://www.homegrownlearners.com Mary

    This is probably my favorite verse in the Bible – I loved reading your post this morning.  Thank you  :-)

    • alwaysalleluia

      Thank you, Mary!

  • http://amylsullivan.blogspot.com/2012/02/delight-and-party-guests.html Amy Sullivan

    Always, always enjoy my visits here, Kris. What are you working on offline? Tell me, tell me.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Bless you, Amy. I treasure your words of encouragement. As for my offline activities, …soon, Lord willing, soon I will share it with you…. Pray, would you? ;)

  • http://sylvrpen.com/ Sylvia R

    Oh, my! A God-incidence? I just drifted to Psalm 1 yesterday and posted about it. Beautiful truth from it you have put here. Thank you for it!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Sweet truth we both needed to hear;)

  • Tara_pohlkottepress

    yes, He does delight in us, a fact I too forget so often.  thank you for reminding me!

    • alwaysalleluia

      God bless you, friend. Thank you for your words here today.

  • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

    I love this… “I know the stuff that swirls ugly in my heart and I am slayed again and again by the words in Zephania. ” I am overwhelmed at the thought… that even though no ugly part of my soul is hidden from Him… He still sees me and rejoices… Thank you for sharing!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Bless you, Michele-Lyn.

  • http://www.redemptionsbeauty.com/ Shelly Miller

    I can relate to your feelings here. I find it hard to receive the delight from others, from God. Thought of the verse in Zephaniah too in my post.

    • alwaysalleluia

      It’s a beautiful verse. I noticed quite a few of us used it today ;)

  • http://denisejhughes.com/ Denise J. Hughes

    Oh, I love this. Sometimes I feel convicted that I’m not ‘delighting’ in Him enough as I get sidetracked by so many earthly distractions, and I easily forget that He actually delights in me! So amazing. I love that passage in Zephaniah!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Thanks for stopping by, Denise. I am always grateful for your comments here.

  • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

    I know this place, Kris, of self-doubt and feeling of being unworthy.  (Yes, I am unworthy, and oh, to believe, to trust, to have that faith that He loves me anyway!  It takes my breath away.)  This verse just rocks my world.  Always.  Amazing.  Thank you for your fighting for our hearts, with Him, here.  So grateful!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Sweet blessings to you, Jennifer!!

  • Jen Ferguson

    Believing in His goodness — yes, this does honor Him.

  • http://babyrowe.blogspot.com Sabrina

    Thanks for the reminder about God’s delight in us, in me.  What a motivation-booster :)

  • http://undergodsmightyhand.blogspot.com Caroline @UnderGod’sMightyHand

    Oh, this is me, too: “I don’t often feel worthy of being delighted over.” Yet He still choosing to delight in broken me. Such encouragement!

    • alwaysalleluia

      It is encouraging! Every single time I read that scripture I am moved by it. Every time.

  • AshlieWrites

    The “I don’t often feel worthy of being delighted over”….yes, that resonates. It really is so hard to wrap our minds around the fact that He DOES…when sometimes all we see are the things we need to fix, and broken, the selfishness, and the falling short. 

    I’m thankful that when He sees me, the blood covers. So grateful for that saving grace! 

    The words weren’t jumbled…in fact, I think the reminder you brought brings more clarity and a deep breath to the soul tired from sojourning over the hills you mentioned. Love it. :)

    • alwaysalleluia

      Ashlie, you bless me. I found it very difficult to put my thoughts together for this one, but you have blessed me and encouraged me once again. Xo my friend.

  • http://theemptynestexpress.com/ Ms. Kathleen

    Beautiful sentiments with a lot of truth… Yes, he delights in us… Wow! Hard to wrap my pea brain around that one! Have a wonderfully delightful day :)

    • alwaysalleluia

      Thanks,Kathleen! God bless your weekend!

  • http://graceformymess.com/ Jana | GraceForMyMess.com

    Sweet friend, you’ve captured grace perfectly.  It’s so amazing that He not only loves us, but *delights* in us!  Your words cut straight to the heart today, in the best of ways.  No rambling here!  ;)

    I love you bunches, sister.  You know it.  XOXO

    • alwaysalleluia

      *mwpah* love you Jana. Always. You give such grace to me.

  • http://annieathome.com Annie | annieathome.com

    Thank you, friend. This is it, isn’t it? This is everything – to know Him, and this joy of discovering His delight & reciprocating when it’s effortless and choosing when it isn’t – leaning into His love… Thank you for stirring my heart today, friend.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Annie! I have bee thinking of you, praying that you are well and enjoying your family etc. thank you for stopping by to say hello, and sharing such sweet encouragement!

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I often wonder why God would delight in me.  But I forget that He created me, loved me before the foundations of the world, and delights in me.  Accepting His grace today and relishing in the fact that He delights in me.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Yes, Barbie. Why do we find it so unlikely that He would delight in His creation? Let’s bask in it today, trusting that His love is REAL and pure and faithful, and that we are worthy in Hs eyes to be delighted in.