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Friday, January 11, 2013

How You Can Make God Happy

Did you know that the Bible tells us that God actually takes joy from certain things? Some of them may surprise you.

God has delight in:
            Obedience (1 Samuel 15:22)
            David (2 Samuel 22:20; Psalm 18:19; 22:8)
            Solomon (1 Kings 10:9; 2 Chronicles 9:8)
            Wisdom (Proverbs 8:30)
            A fair weight (Proverbs 11:1)
            Those who are upright (Proverbs 11:20)
            Those who “deal truly” (Proverbs 12:22)
            “The prayer of the upright” (Proverbs 15:8)
            The nation of Israel (Isaiah 62:4)
            Lovingkindness (Jeremiah 9:24)
            Judgment (Jeremiah 9:24)
            Righteousness (Jeremiah 9:24)

The concept of God’s being delighted in anything is amazing. That we could bring God joy through our obedience, our fairness in business, our truthfulness, or our prayers is humbling. That God watches our actions and might rejoice in them helps us understand our value to Him. 

That God was delighted in David and Solomon—two good but human men, with their faults—shows us He can be delighted in us, if we have the right heart towards Him. 

I thought it was interesting that God delights in judgment, just as He delights in wisdom, lovingkindness, and righteousness.

Let’s be a delight to our Lord! We can be a blessing to Him.

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