“He will take delight in you with gladness…” (Zeph. 3:17, NLT).
Sit with that thought for a minute. Don’t rush past it. Daddy God takes delight in you. You bring great gladness to His heart. The sight of you makes Him profoundly happy. He likes you!
Before He made the universe, He dreamt of you. During the immeasurable span of His eternal pre-existence, He fixed His attention on your creation. With expansive forethought and tenderness, He conceived of your design. He thought up every delightful detail of your being. As He planned each one, He anticipated you with intense pleasure. Exercising masterful precision, He picked the exact moment and context for your birth. With a twinkle in His eye and a song in His soul, He awaited the chosen day. And then He brought you into existence, His heart bursting with joy.
You have already been loved for an eternity.
You know what else? You are unique. You fulfill Him in a way no one else can. When you lift your face to Him, He lights up. Your worship is an expression of one-of-a-kind you. Therefore, your worship is irreplicable. The love you offer Him has a color, flavor, and fragrance that He can’t get anywhere else. No one else in all of history can give Him the unique joy that you do. No one before you ever could. No one after you will ever be able to again.
Soak in that truth for another unhurried moment. While you are at it, go ahead and marinate your soul in the rest of this verse:
(Zeph. 3:17, GW).
Can you picture God singing and shouting with joy?