My Bible software found the word “delight” 110 times in the Bible (NIV translation). Nearly every time related to humans being delighted about something – God’s Word, blessings, children, wisdom, etc.
Here is one of the only passages I found where God delights in humans:
Psalm 147:10-11 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
So what do we do to delight God?
1. Fear him. Some say that fear in the Bible just means respect, but I tend to think it means fear. Or perhaps, “fear and respect.” Consider Matthew 10:28, where being afraid obviously doesn’t mean to be respectful:
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
2. Put your hope in his unfailing love. In other words, have faith! Consider Jesus’ response to the Roman Centurion who had faith that Jesus could heal his servant without even being there:
Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.”
Jesus was astonished by the Centurion’s faith.
And consider what Hebrews says about pleasing God:
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
I pray that we will please God with our faith – and perhaps astonish him?!