In 2 Corinthians 5:17 the Bible reads that we are “new creations” if we are followers of Christ. Have you ever wondered about the way God feels about you? We can be very hard on ourselves at times. We often struggle with our identity. This week, we’ll turn to God’s Word to find out how He views us and how we can find our identity in Him.
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17, NIV
How does God feel about you? Does He think about you? These are questions that Scripture answers for us. Even though I often feel that God is too busy being the God of the Universe to worry about the details of my life, the truth of the Bible contradicts those feelings.
Today’s verse is one of my all-time favorites and one that God has used in my life many times. According to this verse, God takes great delight in you. He even rejoices over you with singing. It seems a little backwards to me. We sing to God and worship Him, which is appropriate since He is worthy of our praise. But God delights in us so much that he rejoices over us with singing. How wonderful!
God sees you as delightful. There are other verses that corroborate this idea as well:
“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
Psalm 18:19, NIV
“For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.”
Psalm 149:4, NIV
God also thinks about you. For each grain of sand on the whole earth, God has a thought about you:
“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!”
Psalm 139:17-18, NLT
It’s important for us to understand that we are a source of delight to God. As children of God, our identity is secure. In return, God desires for us to seek Him first and delight in Him. He wants us to choose Him. Once we understand how much we are treasured by God, why wouldn’t we want this loving companion as our Lord? He’s the One who will love you without ceasing.
I pray this week’s Daily Doses of Encouragement have been a helpful reminder of your identity and great worth in the eyes of God. Remember, you are loved, forgiven, known, beautiful, and delightful to God.