Delight- definition ‘to take great pleasure in’
It’s easy for us to understand the delight a parent takes in their children, and a grandparent in their grandchildren, but we seem to have a harder time believing that God ‘delights’ in us. We tend to think He ‘puts up’ with us, or ‘tolerates’ us, but when I read “He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17,) it emotionally resonates a “huh???” within me. If I have a hard time understanding this, it’s because I spend more time talking TO God than just sitting in His lap letting Him love on me. The more I do this, the more I understand a tiny bit more of His immense love, and my immense ignorance! This finite mind has a lot of ‘soaking’ in His presence to get even a particle of the understanding of an intimate Father that truly delights and ‘takes great pleasure’ in me.
I am visiting family today. When I walk in the door, my grandson ‘delights’ in me by throwing his head back and yelling “hahahaha”, or “Hi Mimi!” , and of course, I mirror delight back to him. I love watching him play, eat, and just live his life. I’m interested in all my children and grandchildren. I want to know intimate details of their lives. I want to know when they hurt, or if they need prayer, or if they just need to ‘be’ with me. I am ‘filled up’ with love and delight being with them or watching or talking to them. I take time each day thanking God for each of them. This is the only way I understand or even partially ‘get’ how God loves and delights in me.
I think so many people have no clue that God delights in them… especially those in ministry, or in service for Him. Obligation, fatigue, pain, emptiness, loneliness all seem to crowd out any feeling of delight. I have a desire to encourage people and let them sense just a tiny bit of God’s delight in them..whether they ‘perform’ perfectly or not. Ministry takes such a toll on joy, delight, and zeal after years of serving and often getting nothing but criticism. This affects us on a soul level. When the foundational ‘soul’ doesn’t sense delight, then performance and duty seem to rise, and service out of love for the Father is rare. It just becomes a conditional see saw.
At Grace Valley, one of my passions is to listen, and to help others sense God’s true delight in them. I desire to minister to the needs of the soul.. not only through listening, encouraging, but also addressing the whole body..soul and spirit. If we learn to care for our bodies and to ‘delight’ and appreciate the body God gave us, then we’ll understand how connected our souls are to the foods we eat, the exercise we get, the sleep and rest we have, and the care for our bodies.