The deeper I go into the Scriptures & heart of God, which are so intricately connected, the more I see the beauty and grandeur of God’s pleasures. Imagine, if you will, discovering that the “cosmic-kill-joy” that you once considered to be god, became a magnificent and majestic God that had pleasures beyond our wildest dreams! Imagine, once again, that you found out that, not only does He take pleasure in His creation and His plan of redemption, He is actually pleased with His people. The first line of Ps. 149:4 states, “For the Lord takes pleasure in his people.” Words cannot properly convey the widespread misunderstanding that abounds within the Church regarding God’s love for His people. And the practical outworking of that love is that God actually takes pleasure in them. They are not mere additions to creation that bring no emotional affections; rather, God’s people bring Him the utmost pleasure!
Now, it would be wise to make some clarifications here. God’s pleasure in His people is not because we are so special and unique, nor is it because we complete Him in any way. God was not lonely before Creation. He was infinitely pleased in Himself and sufficient and complete in Himself and without need for companionship apart from Himself, despite what many well meaning people subtly suggest. But such suggestions, regardless of intention, produce a low-view of God, in my opinion. We must see God as complete and sufficient and without our “help” in order to understand how the Bible presents Him. So please resist the temptation to make much of yourself and continue to make much of God and delight yourself in Him and His great love and affections and pleasures!