Will You Attempt the Challenge to Delight God’s Heart?

Attempt to Delight

I will attempt to share how we can delight God’s heart. We often think about delighting ourselves in the Lord.

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.” ~Psalm 37:3-5 NASB

Yet, we rarely consider delighting God’s heart, and we rarely attempt to delight His heart. In reading through the Scriptures, I began to notice verses about God’s heart and what delighted Him. As I considered what He says makes Him happy, I attempted to delight His heart each day. I pray you will attempt to delight His heart by responding to His Words of delight.

Delighting in God’s Heart

Delight God’s Heart

In an attempt to understand how God delights in us, we will look at His Word.

God Delights

God delights in those who fear Him, those who wait for His lovingkindness (Ps. 147:10-11).

We fear Him and wait for His lovingkindness.

God daily delights in wisdom (Pr. 8:30-31).

We seek wisdom daily.

God delights in a just weight (Pr. 11:1).

We walk in justice and administer with just balances.

God delights in the blameless and their walk (Pr. 11:20).

We walk blamelessly before the Lord.

God delights in those who deal faithfully (with their lips) (Pr. 12:22).

We are faithful in our words and all our dealings.

God delights in the prayer of the upright (Pr. 15:8).

We walk uprightly before the Lord and before men.

God delights in the fear of the Lord (Is. 11:3).

We are men and women who fear the Lord.

God delights in those who exercise lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on the earth (Jer. 9:24)

We exercise Your lovingkindness, Your justice, and Your righteousness.

God delights in loyalty (Hosea 6:6).

We are loyal.

God delights in unchanging love (Micah 7:18).

We have always loved the Lord,

We are loving the Lord,

And we will continue to love the Lord all the days of our lives.

I hope you will accept the challenge and call to delight His heart as His Beloved.


Lord, we desire to delight Your heart by waiting for Your lovingkindness, walking blameless and upright before You, seeking Your wisdom daily, administering justice, exercising righteousness, being loyal, dealing faithfully with our lips, and walking in Your love. We set our heart to seek You, Lord, and to delight Your heart today. Amen.


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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. The one-word prompt this week is attempt. This was my attempt to encourage others to consider God’s heart, seek to delight His heart by studying His Word and understanding what delights Him, and then be faithful to act on it.

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17 thoughts on “Will You Attempt the Challenge to Delight God’s Heart?”

  1. How can I delight the Lord?
    How, someone so poor as me?
    I mean, look, I can’t afford
    even the cheapest Ferrari!
    Can’t travel to the Holy Land
    even with more vacay time,
    and my church is really bland
    with a choir that has stopped tryin’.
    So what, could the Big Guy need
    from a dude sans wealth or fame?
    Could it be, did His Son bleed
    for a man without a name
    who could only play his part
    in the surrender of his heart?

  2. Lisa, I love your comprehensive study of what delights God. Thank you for challenging us to make more intentional choices which please our Heavenly Father!

  3. In the proverbs 15 passage I think you missed the point that God delights in the prayers of the upright not just that we be upright people but that we be upright people who pray. And perhaps you assumed that or mentioned that God delights in his people talking with him (prayer) in other verses. I love how you point it out all the ways that we can delight the Lord. It’s like asking yourself how can I make God smile today? 🙂

  4. Lisa, I love how you shared the many ways we can delight the Lord through heart attitudes and actions! Your examples reminded me that we can delight God when our heart seeks to emulate His. Very practical post!

  5. This is a beautiful post, Lisa. We often think about delighting in God, but this is a practical post which shows us how to live rightly and make choices so our lives become a delight to Him.

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