God Delights in Me

Scripture: Proverbs 8:30-31, ‘Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.’

 

Observations: Yesterday we looked at how wisdom is personified in this passage, and here wisdom is referred to as the ‘craftsman’ at God’s side when he created the world. And we can understand the concept that God created by his wisdom, after all the world is an incredibly complex place. But these verses go on to describe the ‘feelings’ of wisdom at God’s creation. The structure of this next section is very typical in Hebrew poetry:

A - I was filled with delight day after day,

                B - rejoicing always in his presence.

                B` - rejoicing in his whole world,

A` - and delighting in mankind.

The words translated as ‘delight’ and ‘rejoicing’ express a state of joy and happiness. Wisdom found joy in God’s presence, a joy that was expressed by laughter (the NIV translates this word as laugh 14 out of 36 times). But wisdom also found great joy in God’s world and particularly in humanity.

 

Application: Have you ever thought about the fact that God delights in you? This is how God talks about his people, ‘Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares the Lord. (Jer 31:20)’ Jesus talks about God’s joy when he saves someone (Lk 15). Often we think of how we make God sad or angry because of our sin, but the truth is that God delights in those who put their faith in Jesus. God delights in his children, he laughs with joy when they turn to him. Maybe today you need to remind yourself that God delights in you.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I so often think of you as sadden or angry at my sin, but the truth is that in Christ all that has been dealt with on the cross. Help me remember that in Jesus You delight in me, that You rejoice over me. Help me remember that You are a perfect Father, and that I am Your child, and that You have turned Your face towards me in order to give me life and joy and hope and blessing. Lord, may I find joy in You, just as You find joy in me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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