Tuesday, November 1, 2022

What GOD delights in


Matthew 3:17

King James Version

17 And lo a voice from heaven, 


This is my beloved Son, 

in whom I am well pleased.

Ever wondered what makes GOD happy?

What the LORD delights in?

I searched Scripture.

And here's what I found.

First, GOD delighted in His creation:

Genesis 1:4-5

King James Version

4 And God saw the light, 

that it was good: 

and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, 

and the darkness he called Night. 

And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Genesis 1:10

King James Version

10 And God called the dry land Earth; 

and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: 

and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:12

King James Version

12 And the earth brought forth grass, 

and herb yielding seed after his kind, 

and the tree yielding fruit, 

whose seed was in itself, after his kind: 

and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:16-18

King James Version

16 And God made two great lights; 

the greater light to rule the day, 

and the lesser light to rule the night: 

he made the stars also.

17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven 

to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, 

and to divide the light from the darkness: 

and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:21

King James Version

21 And God created great whales, 

and every living creature that moveth, 

which the waters brought forth abundantly, 

after their kind, 

and every winged fowl after his kind: 

and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:25

King James Version

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, 

and cattle after their kind, 

and every thing that creepeth upon the earth 

after his kind: 

and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:31

King James Version

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, 

and, behold, 

it was very good. 

And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

GOD delighted in JESUS, His Son.

Isaiah 42:1-7

King James Version

42 Behold my servant, 

whom I uphold; 

mine elect, 

in whom my soul delighteth; 

I have put my spirit upon him: 

he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, 

nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

3 A bruised reed shall he not break, 

and the smoking flax shall he not quench: 

he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, 

till he have set judgment in the earth: 

and the isles shall wait for his law.

5 Thus saith God the Lord, 

he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; 

he that spread forth the earth, 

and that which cometh out of it; 

he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, 

and spirit to them that walk therein:

6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, 

and will hold thine hand, 

and will keep thee, 

and give thee for a covenant of the people, 

for a light of the Gentiles;

7 To open the blind eyes, 

to bring out the prisoners from the prison, 

and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

Matthew 17:5

King James Version

5 While he yet spake, 


a bright cloud overshadowed them: 

and behold a voice out of the cloud, 

which said, 

This is my beloved Son, 

in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

GOD delighted in Israel.

Deuteronomy 7:6-9

King James Version

6 For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: 

the Lord thy God hath chosen thee 

to be a special people unto himself, 

above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

7 The Lord did not set his love upon you, 

nor choose you, 

because ye were more in number than any people; 

for ye were the fewest of all people:

8 But because the Lord loved you, 

and because he would keep the oath 

which he had sworn unto your fathers, 

hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, 

and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, 

from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, 

he is God, 

the faithful God, 

which keepeth covenant and mercy 

with them that love him 

and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

Isaiah 62:4

King James Version

4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; 

neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: 

but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, 

and thy land Beulah: 

for the Lord delighteth in thee, 

and thy land shall be married.

Zephaniah 3:17-20

King James Version

17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; 

he will save, 

he will rejoice over thee with joy; 

he will rest in his love, 

he will joy over thee with singing.

18 I will gather them that are sorrowful 

for the solemn assembly, 

who are of thee, 

to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

19 Behold, 

at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: 

and I will save her that halteth, 

and gather her that was driven out; 

and I will get them praise and fame in every land 

where they have been put to shame.

20 At that time will I bring you again, 

even in the time that I gather you: 

for I will make you a name and a praise 

among all people of the earth, 

when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, 

saith the Lord.

Romans 2:29

King James Version

29 But he is a Jew, 

which is one inwardly; 

and circumcision is that of the heart,

 in the spirit, 

and not in the letter; 

whose praise is not of men, 

but of God.

GOD delighted in us.

Psalm 18:19

King James Version

19 He brought me forth also into a large place; 

he delivered me, 

because he delighted in me.

Psalm 44:1-3

King James Version

44 We have heard with our ears, 

O God, 

our fathers have told us, 

what work thou didst in their days, 

in the times of old.

2 How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, 

and plantedst them; 

how thou didst afflict the people, 

and cast them out.

3 For they got not the land in possession 

by their own sword, 

neither did their own arm save them: 

but thy right hand, 

and thine arm, 

and the light of thy countenance, 

because thou hadst a favour unto them.

John 3:16-17

King James Version

16 For God so loved the world, 

that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 

but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world 

to condemn the world; 

but that the world through him might be saved.

John 15:16

King James Version

16 Ye have not chosen me, 

but I have chosen you, 

and ordained you, 

that ye should go and bring forth fruit, 

and that your fruit should remain: 

that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, 

he may give it you.

Other things GOD delights in:

Psalm 37:23

King James Version

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: 

and he delighteth in his way.

Psalm 104:31

King James Version

31 The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: 

the Lord shall rejoice in his works.

Psalm 147:11

King James Version

11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, 

in those that hope in his mercy.

Psalm 149:4

King James Version

4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: 

he will beautify the meek with salvation.

Proverbs 3:11-12

King James Version

11 My son, 

despise not the chastening of the Lord; 

neither be weary of his correction:

12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; 

even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Jeremiah 9:24

King James Version

24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, 

that he understandeth and knoweth me, 

that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, 

judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: 

for in these things I delight, 

saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 31:3

King James Version

3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, 


Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: 

therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Micah 7:18

King James Version

18 Who is a God like unto thee, 

that pardoneth iniquity, 

and passeth by the transgression 

of the remnant of his heritage? 

he retaineth not his anger for ever, 

because he delighteth in mercy.

Revelation 21:1-8

King James Version

21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: 

for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; 

and there was no more sea.

2 And I John saw the holy city, 

new Jerusalem, 

coming down from God out of heaven, 

prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, 


the tabernacle of God is with men, 

and he will dwell with them, 

and they shall be his people, 

and God himself shall be with them, 

and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; 

and there shall be no more death, 

neither sorrow, nor crying, 

neither shall there be any more pain: 

for the former things are passed away.

5 And he that sat upon the throne said, 


I make all things new. 

And he said unto me, 


for these words are true and faithful.

6 And he said unto me, 

It is done. 

I am Alpha and Omega, 

the beginning and the end. 

I will give unto him that is athirst 

of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; 

and I will be his God, 

and he shall be my son.

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, 

and the abominable, and murderers, 

and whoremongers, and sorcerers, 

and idolaters, and all liars, 

shall have their part in the lake 

which burneth with fire and brimstone: 

which is the second death.

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