Let us rejoice in our Maker . . . For the Lord takes delight in His people.
(Psalm 149:2, 4, para.)
Imagine for just a minute: get a mental image of human beings in their most primitive condition, without all the trappings of education, hygiene, and culture. I picture cavemen. You may think of a friend or relative. But envision the human creature completely natural and unadorned, in its rawest form.
Now realize that God seeks union with that creature. Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but remember that many people who were strangers to deodorant have enjoyed intimate fellowship with Him. People with no education have known the Unknowable and shared His wisdom. Human creatures that seem so rough and repulsive at times can fully please a holy God. His Spirit can fill and fellowship with our spirit — that spirit within us that is deeper and more basic than our thin layer of cultural training.
Imagine that a caveman, by simply trusting His Creator, can be fully like Jesus Christ.
Pondering that makes me realize how little we understand the kind of beings we are — how we were originally made and how God sees us from His perspective.
It also makes me realize how deeply He understands us and loves us.
The Lord takes delight in His people (Psalm 149:4, para.).
The Lord takes delight in you.
Yes, we can be so unbeautiful. It’s easy to feel that the constant flow of our failures and inconsistencies surely washes away any good standing we might have with God. But our relationship is much more basic and stable than that. His love embraces us at a deeper level.
Put yourself in this picture:
The Lord your God is with you . . . He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17, NIV).
As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you (Isaiah 62:5, NIV).
God enjoys just being with you. He takes pleasure in your company, the way a bridegroom enjoys being near his bride.
Pray that way. Talk to Him as One who is delighted to hear from you, who longs to share your thoughts, who deeply loves the most basic “you.”