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The Reciprocation of Delight

Last week, I encouraged you to roll over like a dog. I know ... it's a weird saying. If you haven't read that article, please do! I believe it will bless you. In essence, it was written to inspire you to commit yourself wholeheartedly to God. To take delight in him.

I think it's only right that we take delight in God. We take delight in the works of his hands all the time. We delight in his beautiful sky, his mountains, and his lakes. We delight in his awesome stars, planets, and solar systems. We even delight in the gifts and talents he has given us. Singing, dancing, acting, baking, teaching, edifying ... why I could go on and on. There are countless things on God's earth that we delight in. So, it's only logical to delight in the creator of all these things.

Delighting in God should be a natural response to his awe-inspiring glory and power... but for him to delight in us? Well, I don't quite understand that. Why would God delight in the same sinful people he sacrificed his Son, Jesus Christ, for? I understand loving us. Indeed, love and only love, would drive God to make such an ultimate sacrifice for all of humanity.

But to delight in us? I took it upon myself to understand what delight means biblically. Delight in Hebrew means "to incline to", "to bend", "to be pleased with", or "to desire". The language in Isaiah 62 illustrates a deeper understanding of what it means for God to delight in us.

... for the Lord will take delight in you,

and your land will be married.

As a young man marries a young woman,

so will your Builder marry you;

as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,

so will your God rejoice over you.

(Isaiah 62:4-5 NIV)

When God delights in you, it is as if he is a giddy groomsman at the altar. He gushes in excitement over you, the love of his life. He swoons over you. It means he is head over heels in love with you. God delighting in you means he is bending and leaning towards you with favor, adoration, and support.

A man may delight in many things .... sports, food, the work of his hands ... but outside of God himself, if the love is pure and true, there is nothing that a man delights in more than his wife. There's nothing he wouldn't do for his bride because his love for her exceeds life itself. For he should love her so much that he'd lay down his life for her.

And that's exactly how much God delights in you. Wouldn't it be fitting for his delight to be reciprocated? His commitment to you deserves commitment in return. May you both join together in an everlasting love. May you both lean in and incline towards each other. May no man, power, or principality separate your union. From now and forever more, to the best of both parties' abilities, may your love and delight be reciprocated.


Quin Arrington is a lover and follower of Christ, a wife, and mother of two. She is also a stay-at-home mother, writer, and author. Her books are available for purchase on Amazon.

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