What Does God Delight In?

When we answer this question, we will see other ways we can partake of His nature. Here are some verses that speak about His desire, His pleasure, and some of the things that He delights in.

I pondered Isaiah 58:13-14 as I read it. What would my life look like to call the Sabbath a delight? The Amplified says, “If you turn away your foot from (traveling unduly on) the Sabbath, from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a (spiritual) delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and honor Him and it, not going your own way or seeking or finding your own pleasure or speaking with your own (idle) words. Then will you delight yourself in the Lord…”

Psalm 147:11 Amplified says, “The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.” Psalm 69:30-31 says, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.”

He delights in mercy (Micah 7:18). Those who deal truthfully (Proverbs 12:22). Pleasure in uprightness (1 Chronicles 29:17). Truth in the inward parts (Psalm 51:6). A just weight (Proverbs 11:1). Blameless in their ways (Proverbs 11:20). Children obey their parents (Colossians 3:20). Prayer of the upright (Proverbs 15:8). Do good and share (Hebrews 13:16).

Jeremiah 9:24 says, “But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness on the earth. For in these I delight, says the Lord.”

Hosea 6:6 says, “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” Knowing Him through intimate communion is His desire and delight. We enter into His nature when we delight in the things that delight Him. The more time we spend with Him, we enter into His nature so that we also can reflect Him to others.

Here is the capstone that touches all. 2 Peter 3:9 Amplified says, “The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.”

In all the above verses, I believe that He wants us to share in His utmost desire for all to be saved. We enter into His nature when we share Him with others. On June 27, 2021 I heard this and wrote it in the front of my Bible. All who know me would know Jesus.


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