God’s Pleasure

He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry. His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” “For the Lord takes pleasure in his people.” Psalm 147:4-5,8-11; 149:4

Do we not marvel that in all creation, and the magnificent creatures God Almighty has made, His pleasure is in those He knows, who know Him? I delight in the strength of the horse–its sinewy muscles and regal countenance. I delight in the twinkling stars and crescent moon in the dark sky, in His majesty I see in grass on hills, the pristine snow, a waterfall, the expansiveness of wide beach and sea, and I believe He gives us that delight because in these beauties we see His creative power and eternal love. But we, His people, are the crown of His creation, and His pleasure is us! Wondrous thought! All else He made for us, yet He made us for Himself.

Lord, may I delight this day that You delight in me. In all I see and experience- senses to enjoy wind chimes in the cool fall breeze, the flip-flop of the heart in a grandchild’s new-tooth smile, the sweetness of blueberries- let me see Your lovingkindness and praise You for coming after me. You have made me for Yourself, called me by name, and I am precious in Your eyes. May I delight in You as You delight in me. (Isaiah 43:1-2,4-7)

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