I have about 30 photos of our oldest son on his first day home from the hospital. That is not unusal for first time parents, but what may be a bit unusual is that all of them are of him asleep, sitting in an infant seat in the middle of our tiny living room. I remember that day clearly and we didn’ t even turn on the T.V. We just sat there, and delighted in him, our first born son. Now mind you, he did nothing but sleep…but we sat and stared at him and marveled at his wonderfulness.
Yesterday, I ate lunch with my sweet daughter and my little 8 month old grandaughter, Leah. Leah ate her carrots, smiled, cooed and wiggled. She did nothing unusual for a baby her age, but everything she did simply delighted me. At one point while we were in the restaurant the old Captain and Tenille song, “Love Will Keep Us Together” come on and I sang along with it (yes, people stared) helping Leah dance in my lap and that seemed to delight her.
The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. —Zephaniah 3:17
God our father loves us far more than we love our children or grandchildren. That fact is hard to fathom, but it is absolutely true. And He delights in us, not just a little, but He takes great delight in us. Since I am acutely aware of all my failings I can’t imagine God taking great delight in me. Honestly, it rarely crosses my mind.
But this morning I took a moment and pictured Him, the God of the whole Universe, delighting in me, singing a joyful and beautiful song to me!
And I couldn’t help but be delighted in Him!