Delighting in YOU

Delighting in YOU

Watching children play in any kind of water, a sprinkler, a spouting fire hydrant, even the rain is like watching the delighting process unfold before your very eyes.

Chicago summers can get very hazy, hot and humid. Raising three sons can get very long on these days when we are drawn to stay in the air conditioning. But when I accept the fact that I am going to sweat to no end and just haul out the water table, pools, and sprinklers, I realize that that day is going to turn into a day of great delight.

My sons will gallop and squeal with enjoyment. They run through the water, spray it at one another, splash in it. They delight in the water. My two year old climbs into plastic water table and sits, with his knees digging into his chest, as if its bath time.  They take delight in the water and I take delight in watching this precious image of them at play.

I stop what I’m doing and gaze at them, noting every feature of their person, every expression on their face, and laugh that overflows from their spirit. Sometimes I sit inside my house, as if spying, giggling and smiling ear to ear. I believe this is an image of what it is like to take delight in someone or something. 

Our scripture says that God “will take great delight in you.” You get a fuller picture that God’s delight is not stagnant but active. It doesn’t say that he took delight in you, but that he takes delight in you. The definition of “take” is to get into one’s possession by force or skill, also to seize with authority! God is not passive in this process but yet he seizes or grabs hold of it.

I love that it doesn’t even just say delight but rather great delight. God takes hold of abundant joy and pleasure because we are his creation. A creator most always delights in his or her creation.  Just as I delight in my children even in their most rebellious, strong-willed moments, God delights in you because you are his child.

For my first son’s one-year birthday party, I was just going to have the grandparents over for a BBQ. Originally, I wasn’t going to make a big deal out of it because of course he wouldn’t remember it.


When that party was all said and done, I had fed around forty-five adults and kids and shot the wade, which means I went way over budget. I had made foggy foam visors for all the kids and cut out lily pads that I floated in a kiddy pool.  I followed the ingenious idea of a friend to make pipe cleaner napkins rings that looked like flies buzzing around and then hand wrapped all the silverware settings. For the longest time I didn’t have the heart to throw the napkin rings away because they took so long to make.

I had made homemade frosting from scratch and had constructed a giant frog head out of cupcakes, complete with black jelly belly eyes, mouth and red licorice nose and tongue. In case, my guests didn’t catch that it was a frog themed party, I decorated my dining room table like a pond equipped with pond scum punch, food atop lily pads, and floating candles in fish bowls of water to finish it off. I think I was hoping the candles might help bring a little order and calm to a kids birthday party! What was I thinking? Even reflecting on it five years later I am still exhausted and embarrassed.

Why did I do it? What compelled me to no creative end? Maybe it is because I’m a little crazy, but also I desired to show my delight in my little guy. Call it over the top but I delighted in every minute, especially watching him dig into his first cupcake.

God is doing this too. He is taking delight, pleasure and enjoyment in you right now. Stop for a moment and think about this. Gaze at beauty in nature and realize this is how God looks at you. Turn your face to the sun and as you feel it warming your skin sense God’s smile upon you. Tell someone else about God’s love and delight in them and as the words fall from your lips remember that is how he feels about you!

The Lord your God is with you,

He is mighty to save.

He will take great delight in you,

He will quiet you with his love,

He will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17


About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.

  • Cyndi Tilley

    I love the images you painted. It is true about His delight over us and sometimes we must remind ourselves of it, because we may not feel it. The great news is that no matter what our feelings say, it is still true! God takes great delight in us, His children.