“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” Psalms 18:19

He delighted in me.

God delights in me. This means I give him great pleasure and I please him greatly. That just makes me giggle with joy.

But surely not every day – he doesn't delight in me every day. Sometimes I just wear him out, right? Well, there are days that my children wear me out but you know what, I delight in them even then. So I'm thinking the answer is, yes, every day my God delights in me. Through all my junk, delight. Through my judgement of judgemental people, through my pain, through my faults, God delights in me through it all. Just like my littles are not their actions, their maddening actions. I am not my actions, my maddening actions, either. And that is how God can delight in me on my worse days, as well as my best.

And I've learned that he brings me into spacious places so that I can hold my arms wide open and spin with uncontained joy. He brings me into a spacious place so that I can feel alive in ways that I don't always feel alive. God wants to give me room to run. Room to impact other people. Room to lift my head up out of my own circumstance and notice the hurt of others. Room to dance with the people that are dancing and weep with those who weep. Room to pull others into the spaciousness. Room to see God delighting in them, too.

It's easy to forget “..my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30). Life is heavy. I go through periods in life where I feel the full weight of this world. And it is not easy or light. But then I read John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” I remember, I don't have to carry the weight of this world. I don't have to make sure Truth wins – because Truth has already won. I just need to “Be still and know that I am God. I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” It's gonna happen. Not my job to make it happen. Sometimes my job is to just. be. still.

I need to rest in the spaciousness of God, love my neighbor as myself, set down the heaviness of my worldly burdens and bask in the delight of my God. And when I do that, I'm better for it. I'm more open, effective, loving, and peaceful.

God is doing a mighty work in me and I feel like I'm just watching it happen. He is taking my pain and weaving it into a precious fabric. The more I let go of worrying about what other people think of me, the more effective I become. The more I recognize in others the flaws I know are in me, the more generous I become. The more I see that we are all just flawed children of a delighted God, the more I space I have to breath deeply and make a change in my corner of the world. For who am I to withhold my delight, when you are delighted in by God?

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

This is Bob Goff. I realize this is not God. But, I think Bob does the best job of anyone on earth in delighting in everyone he meets. When I think of God delighting in me, I think of meeting Bob Goff.

God delights in you. Rest in that. Take your pain, your fear, your stress and for just a moment set them to the side and stand in front of God, knowing that He delights in the you that only you and he know.

 

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