“It will no longer be said to you, ‘Forsaken,’ nor to your land will it any longer be said, ‘Desolate’; but you will be called, ‘My delight is in her,’ and your land, ‘Married’; for the Lord delights in you, and to Him your land will be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so your sons will marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.” (Isaiah 62:4-5)We are often encourages in the scriptures to rejoice in God. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4) We are also told that our affections should be turned heavenward and not set upon things on the earth. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2 KJV) We should find our delight in Him rather than in the things of this life. “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalms 37:4)
We often think about our obligation to live and cherish the Lord, but how often do we stop and think about how much He loves us? This scripture says that God delights in us and He rejoices over us in love. “The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” (Zephaniah 3:17) It is quite something to imagine God in heaven shouting for joy over His people. When God thinks of us, He is moved to exuberant shouts of joy. God is not stoic in His emotions but freely expresses His love for us among those who are in heaven. We are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength because that is the way that God loves us. “The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.’” (Jeremiah 31:3)
I will never be able to adequately express my gratitude to the Lord for His love for me. My words of love, praise, and thanksgiving will always fall short of what He is worthy of. There is nothing I can offer Him in return for His kindness and love. But at least I will have all of eternity to try!