Too often we feel like we are disappointing God, but our new devotional writers, Shelly, reminds us that He delights in us.
“The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.” (Psalm 147:11)
To delight in literally means “to have a high degree of pleasure, joy, satisfaction or enjoyment; rapture; to please highly.”
His delight is in me.
Me. Sinful, broken, weary, questioning, high-maintenance child that I am. He delights in me. Me.
Not because I have good days, not because I can fix supper for my family today, not because I actually had the energy to shower.
Not because I can find the right words in my foggy brain, not because my pain pill is working and I can walk instead of using my wheelchair, not because my fingers could button up my shirt today.
Because I fear Him, I seek Him, I honor Him, and I desire Him. I acknowledge Him as my Lord. Therefore, He delights in me. Me.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Me. Even damaged, diminished, imperfect, doubting child that I am. He delights in me. Me. Even when I have bad days, even when I can’t prepare a meal for my family, even when I don’t have the energy to shower.
Even when I can’t find the words in my foggy brain, even when my pain pill isn’t working and I need to use my wheelchair, even when my fingers can’t button up my shirt. Because I walk with Him, I give over to Him, I bow to Him, and I love Him. I acknowledge that His ways are higher. Therefore, He does delight in me. Me.
And He delights in you
Prayer: Father God, Thank You for all that You are and all that You do. Thank You for delighting in me unconditionally! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Welcome our new writer!
Shelly is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension, Interstitial Cystitis, and Essential Tremor. She had brain surgery in 2012 and now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at http://reneweddaily.com
What obstacle will you remind yourself that God delights in you through today?
Casting Crowns is one of my favorite groups so when Shelly suggested this song, “Who am I?” I knew it would speak to you. They lyrics are about how God loves us, not because of who we are or what we’ve accomplished, but because of who He is! And God will never change. Isn’t that reassuring. I hope you enjoy today’s video. `Lisa