His own works
Jeremiah 9:24 (NKJV)
24But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,” says the Lord.
His chosen servant
Matthew 12:18 (NKJV)
18“Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen,
My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased!
I will put My Spirit upon Him,
And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.
Hebrews 1:9 (NKJV)
9You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”
Matthew 3:17 (NKJV)
17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Luke 3:22 (NKJV)
22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
The restored temple
Haggai 1:8 (NKJV)
8 Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the Lord
His people and their worship
Psalm 149:4-9 (NKJV)
4For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
5Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
7To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishments on the peoples;
8To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
9To execute on them the written judgment—
This honor have all His saints.
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 69:30-31 (NKJV)
30I will praise the name of God with a song,
And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
31This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bull,
Which has horns and hooves.
Deuteronomy 30:9 (NKJV)
9 The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers,
Obedience, honesty and integrity
1 Samuel 15:22 (NKJV)
22 So Samuel said:
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
Proverbs 12:22 (NKJV)
22Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
1 Chronicles 29:17 (NKJV)
17 I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You.
Psalm 147:10-11 (NKJV)
10He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
11The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy.
Proverbs 11:1, 20 (NKJV)
1 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight.
20Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord,
But the blameless in their ways are His delight.
The Father is seeking true worshipers because He wants people to live in reality, not in falsehood.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, hallowed is Thy Name. I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about the “Causes of God’s Joy.” I praise You for Your caring, Your loving kindness, and Your generosity. Only Your graciousness and love could forgive the sins of mankind and still allow him to become a Son of Yours. Please bless those who have read this article for they too seek Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,