Abba-Father delights in you because he knows your heart. He knows the good that is in your heart. He knows you better than you know yourself. He knows his own presence within you.
Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. (Psalm 149:3-4 NIV)
We understand way too little of how very much God delights in us.
Even when he is displeased with our behaviors, he knows that we are more than that. He is abundantly pleased with the redeemed saint who is temporarily hidden beneath our sin. Understanding this frees us to delight in his goodness. It frees us from the limitations we’ve projected onto our Father. It free us to accept his abundant generosity toward us.
It’s good that we are aware of our shortcomings and faults because it leads to repentance. But if we focus on how displeasing we are to God, we get stuck there. Our progress is thwarted in becoming who the Father created us to be. And the times when we are aware that he’s delighted with us are too brief, too few, and quickly forgotten.
We need to remember that the Father’s all-knowing awareness of us sees not only what is faulty and sinful in us but also what is good and delightful in us. Even while we are in the midst of a rebellious disregard of his Divine Will, if we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and if underneath the surface of our human frailty we desire to follow him and become like him, God knows. God sees. God celebrates all that is good in us.
Think about where the goodness in you came from. Everything that is good comes from God himself. This is why, when he looks at you, if you’ve received the Sacrament of Baptism and you’ve freely chosen to accept and embrace what Jesus did for you on the Cross, the Father sees his own divine grace in you. He sees his own presence within you. Therefore, how can he not delight in you?
Day 15 on the journey includes:
- In Christ there is no condemnation
- We learn from life how to know God’s delight
- Dancing with the Father
- The Father appreciates your goodness
- God’s affirmation
Love Notes from God
Download (below) the PDF file called “Love Notes from God“. This document contains 16 healing and inspiring scriptures adapted into “love notes”. To use it:
- Print out all eight pages on colored paper.
- Slice each page in half to separate each love note.
- Fold each love note in half to hide their contents.
- Place them in a basket or decorative box and mix them up.
- Once a day or whenever you need to hear the Father’s affirmation, ask him to choose one of the love notes for you. Then pull one out and make it part of your prayer conversation.
© 2021 by Terry A. Modica