God delights in His people

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Throughout the Old Testament God expresses His delight in His people as Jehovah rejoices and celebrates His covenant with His people. Even though they do not always follow His guidance for living the satisfying life He desires for them, His love abounds toward them, revealing His commitment:

Deuteronomy 30:9 (AMP)

Then the Lord your God shall make you abundantly prosperous in everything that you do, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your cattle and in the produce of your land; for the Lord will again delight over you for good, just as He delighted over your fathers,

The Expanded Bible says it this way:

The Lord your God will make you ·successful [prosperous] in ·everything you do [all the work of your hands]. ·You will have many children, your cattle will have many calves, and your fields will produce good crops […in the fruit of your womb, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your land], because the Lord will again be ·happy [pleased; delighted] with you, just as he was with your ·ancestors [fathers]

Isaiah 65:19 in the Wycliffe Bible expresses a similar affection for Jerusalem:

And I shall make full out joying in Jerusalem, and I shall have joy in my people (Yea, I shall rejoice over Jerusalem, and I shall have joy over my people); and the voice of weeping and the voice of cry shall no more be heard therein.

Jeremiah 32:41-42 in the Wycliffe Bible reiterates this same message of God’s delight in His people:

41 And I shall be glad on them, when I shall do well to them; and I shall plant them in this land in truth, in all mine heart, and in all my soul. (And I shall be happy over them, when I shall do good things for them; and truly, with all my heart, and with all my soul, I shall plant them in this land.)

42 For the Lord saith these things, As I brought on this people all this great evil, so I shall bring on them all the good (things), which I shall speak to them (that I have promised them).

Not only does God express His delight and take pleasure in His people, but He offers a song of the Lord in Zephaniah 3:17 in the Amplified Bible:

The Lord your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

Isaiah 62 provides a striking portrait of His beloved, as God expresses His desire that His people be redeemed and restored. The passage speaks of God’s covenant with His people. Though Israel is in captivity at the time of the writing of this passage, God promises to keep speaking and working until His purposes for Jerusalem are fulfilled. Jehovah speaks favorably of His people in a most endearing manner in Isaiah 62:4-5 (New Living Translation):

Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City”
    or “The Desolate Land.”
Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight”[c]
    and “The Bride of God,”
for the Lord delights in you
    and will claim you as his bride.
Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem,
    just as a young man commits himself to his bride.
Then God will rejoice over you
    as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.

  This celebrated passage inspired this response:                          

City of God’s Delight

 Isaiah 62:4-5

Never again to be called “The Forsaken City”                         

Nor will they say that you are “The Desolate Land,”       

But God smiles and says, “You sure are pretty,”     

 And He will uphold you with His righteous right hand.


Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight”


You shall be called the “The Bride of God,” just as He said,      

 He promised to love you and always do you right.

He takes your sorrow and turns it to joy instead.         

He keeps on telling you the Lord delights in you;


He will not leave you but will always walk by your side.   

You can count on Him, for He said He will be true:    

 The Lord redeemed you and will claim you as his bride.

Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight”

The contemporary worship song “O Bride of Christ” offers a glimpse of the ultimate expression of the fulfillment of God’s promise that the Bridegroom will return for his bride:

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