One of the readings we chose for our wedding Mass was Isaiah 62. It reads in part:
You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My delight is in her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you (verses 4-5).
“The Lord delights in you.” Have you ever thought about that? I can easily understand our delighting in the Lord, but His delighting in us? What could that possibly mean?
God is our divine Bridegroom. He calls us to be His bride. When a young man falls in love, he doesn’t dwell on his beloved’s faults. They appear as nothing to him. He sees goodness and beauty that others have overlooked. He desires to give himself fully to her. He desires to know everything about her.
Above all, a bridegroom yearns for fruitful union with his bride.
God calls you to divine union
God can never get enough of us. He desires an eternal union with us. A union in time was simply not sufficient for Him. He wants all of us–our whole minds, hearts, and strengths, as well as our bodies.
God longs for the most intimate of unions with each individual He has created. He makes this union possible for all. He calls us to it. He rejoices in the prospect. He will do anything–including suffering an excruciating death–to bring this union about.
So often we hide from God. We are ashamed of our nakedness. We try to cover over our vulnerability, rather than letting Him clothe us with His goodness.
It is time to stop playing hard to get with God. We must let Him capture us and captivate us. He has no desire to punish us for our sins. Instead, He desires to reward us with Himself. All He asks is our love.
Then He will make us fruitful, so that His people can multiply and fill not only earth but Heaven.
The Lord delights in you! Go to Him in love.
4 thoughts on “The Lord delights in you!”
Thanks, Melanie. I don’t know what has happened to all my commenters. Thanks for sticking around and encouraging me.
A beautiful truth that gets lost in our transactional society where we think we have to earn God’s love/delight.
That’s the age-old problem, Jimmy. We can’t earn God’s love because its eternal and we’re temporal. He gives it freely.