Do you know how much God loves you?
Nothing can compare with the love God has for his people. It is something so magnificent, so undeserved and so powerful that is is worthy of thought and praise at all times. While each of us has lived in sin, God still loved us and called us to Him. He offers his forgiveness, his love, his power and his compassion to all who will believe.
I’ve found that fully grasping the depth of God’s love is difficult. I have so much love for him for saving me. But there are times where I can almost think of my salvation as a single act. God saved me from my past…and sometimes I forget to live recognizing that he continues to save me and love me in each moment.
Beyond just forgiveness of sins, beyond the peace and wisdom he grants us, God also delights in us. It is a remarkable thing to grasp that the God of the universe delights in every detail of one’s life. As one seeks to love God and obey him, the Bible assures us that God in turn delights in the lives we lead.
“the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” (Psalm 147:11)
“For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory” (Psalm 149:4)
“The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.” (Proverbs 11:20)
“The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.” (Proverbs 12:22)
It is amazing to know that God, more than just watching or judging us, is taking delight in the ups and downs of our lives. He is loving, kind and ready to both help and affirm us. He is pleased with who we are as we live in honor and submission to him. God takes delight in our victories, our joy, our struggle against obstacles and our actions.
I have recognized that God saved me. I understand that he is there to hear me – both my confessions and my requests. But it is a measure of love that I can’t quite calculate to know that he delights in my life. God is so good!
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” (Psalm 84:11)
Do you recognize how God delights in you? How does this affect your understanding of God?