Covered: Isaiah 6,9, 44-45, 52,53,65-66, Micah 1,4,5
Not Covered: Isaiah 1-5,7-8, 10-43,46-51,54-64, Micah 2-3,6-7, Nahum, Zephaniah
Scripture Memory: Give Generously Proverbs 3:9-10, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
“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.” Zephaniah 3:17
How would your lives change if you believed this verse completely? Not even the whole verse, just the part about God taking “great delight in you?” How can God delight in me when I am failing? When I am not doing enough? When I am exhausted? This foreign concept can cause some confusion and tension.
Israel, as we read last week, was compared to a prostitute. She rejected God and pursued so many deplorable pleasures in God’s sight. God gave Israel so many chances, and the people of God continued to abandon all He asked and all that He provided. Even knowing God’s power and promises, they followed gods made of stone. In this verse of Zephaniah, the prophet proclaimed God’s eventual mending of the relationship.
Still, with their reprehensible behavior, before they turned back to Him, He delights in them. God does not delight in them because of their behavior or their great sacrifices or even their character. He delights in them because they are His. We all have people that hold a special place in our hearts. Yet even with those that we love dearly, we often struggle to find joy in who they are.
To delight means to look upon them with affection and be glad for who they are apart from what they can do for us. God promises to find joy in His people before they change. He promises a restored relationship in His power, but more than salvation and vanquishing of sins, He promises a relationship of acceptance. It is the same with us. God delights in who we are more than what we bring to Him.
He loves us. He relishes a relationship with us. As Max Lucado writes, “If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If he had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, he’ll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and he chose your heart. Face it, friend. He’s crazy about you.” God takes great delight, not because He needs us, not because we can do anything for Him. He loves us as our Creator; He loves us as our Father. He loves us as our Savior.
If you were able to believe that God delighted in who you are, how would that change your life? How would that change your self-talk? Would your actions or even love toward others change? He has a love that is so unconditional that He erupts in joy because we are in His presence. The King of the universe delights in you, therefore you have immeasurable worth.
Written by: Allyson Pitre
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