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I was recently challenged to “prove” that God not only loves his children, but He likes them. After all, it is possible to treat someone with love and not enjoy their presence. Does God have children He loves, but does not delight in?

Well, does He?

Today, in my reading of the Bible, I came to Isaiah 62:4-5.

[4] You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the LORD delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
[5] For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
(Isaiah 62:4-5 ESV)

The ESV Study Bible notes on Isaiah, written by Dr. Ray Ortlund, states…

Isaiah’s poetic imagery leaves an overwhelming impression of joy, delight, righteousness, beauty, safety, and peace.

so shall your God rejoice over you. Boldly drawing on a familiar human image of inexpressible joy and delight, God says his delight in his people will be like that of a bridegroom’s delight in his bride.

Isaiah explains that in God’s great plan of salvation, he not only forgives his people, protects them, heals them, provides for them, restores them to their home, reconciles them to each other, transforms them so they are righteous, honors them, exalts them above all nations, and makes them a blessing to all nations, as he called them to be—but more than all these things, he actually delights in his people.

Amazing! Almost too much to absorb!

He knows us exactly as we are, flaws and failures and hurts and hangups and screw-ups and selfishness and all the rest – and He delights in us… rejoices over us.

Live on that today! Your Savior not only chose you, gave his life on Calvary, rose from the dead, ascended, represents you at the right hand of the Majesty, and returns some day – actually delights in you.

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