St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

He Delights In You

Podcast Version

Zephaniah 3:17—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.

It can be very easy to get down on yourself, especially when you’re alone. Over these last two months, we’ve all had some alone time, but some of you more than others. Some of you live alone. Some of you who live alone also aren’t out in the world working, either because you’ve retired or been laid off. It’s so easy when we’re alone or feeling alone to think we’re unappreciated and to have thoughts of worthlessness and ineffectiveness begin creeping into our hearts.

Maybe this is a constant struggle for you. Maybe it’s grown during this pandemic because you’ve been told your work and job are “non-essential.” Maybe it’s grown during this pandemic because you’ve been stuck at home, unable to help. Maybe it’s grown during this pandemic because you’re older and more frail than you used to be, so to try and keep you safe, your friends and family have kept their distance.

The devil can use all kinds of things to get us to believe his lies of worthlessness.

When you find yourself feeling this way, listen to the value your God puts on you. Listen to how he speaks of you. Notice how he doesn’t add any qualifying statements when he speaks of how he feels about you. There is no talk about your physical state or attributes. No talk about whether your work is deemed essential by society or not. No talk about how others view you. No talk about how you view yourself.

The value God puts on you comes entirely from him. Zephaniah says that God takes
great delight in you! Why? Because he created you to be his own. He had a plan in eternity and before he even created the world to love you now and forever! He proved that value he has placed on you and the love he has for you by sending his one and only Son into this world to be your Savior! He punished and turned his back on his own Son all so that you could live with him forever in heaven!

This is the value you have in Christ. To your God, you are priceless! You are essential!
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save!

So, when you are feeling alone, worthless, ineffective, and unappreciated, let
the LORD your God…quiet you with his love. He rejoice[s] over you with singing, all because he has made you his child now and forever! He loves you with an eternal, undying love! He values you more than you will ever know this side of heaven, and will spend all of eternity exploring the other side of heaven. Your God delights in you!