You should be excited to know that God delights in Christ-followers. When we are in the dumps or just not living up to our full potential in the will of God we tend to find it hard to come up with any reason why the Lord should take pleasure in us. That’s because we are not happy with ourselves. The evidence we draw from by groaning, being sinful, unfaithful, unkind, bad examples to other Christ-followers, and being otherwise deplorable, thoroughly convinces our consciousness that our imperfections and overall failures are proof enough that others wouldn’t enjoy our company much less God.

It is at this point you must end your stinkin’-thinkin’ and turn to God’s Word. The glorious truth it contains transcends your present state of mind and brings you back to the reality of your relationship with the Divine. “God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.” (Isaiah 62:5)
Say this to yourself; “The Lord rejoices over me.” Repeat it. Again!
I’ve not read anywhere in the Bible where God delights in the sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, or animals. I can only find where His delights are with the children of man (Proverbs 8:31). The angels don’t even bring Him delight and they do everything He tells them — for they are His messengers. But to us who are fallen sinful creatures, yet redeemed, set free and glorified by His grace, He is delighted. Just think of it, you cause the God of the universe to sing for joy concerning you. Did you know that? “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 ESV)
In the first chapter of the first book of the Bible God looked at this big world He made and said, “It was very good!” But for those who have been purchased with the precious blood of Jesus His infinite heart of love overflows with heavenly shouts of joy.
Today return back to Him that which He has so richly given you and voice your grateful response to His amazing declaration of mercy and grace, and sing, "I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” (Hebrews 3:18)


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