10He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
11The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
(Psalm 147:10-11, King James Version)
It is obvious that we do not love or delight in the same things that God loves or delights in. We, as the Psalmist states, would delight in the strength of the horse (or in our day, the horsepower of our cars or trucks), as well as a handsome man or a beautiful woman. As a matter of fact, outward beauty almost takes precedence over all other things, with riches coming in as a very close second, when trying to determine the worth of a fellow human being. Obviously we have our priorities in the wrong place!
Yet God is not like man. He delights or takes pleasure in those that fear Him--in those that hope in His mercy. Just take a moment and ponder that thought. If you are a believer, then God delights in you! Imagine that--the King of Kings, the Lord of Glory, the Almighty God delights in His children. He does not focus on the beauty of His creation, magnificent though it may be, but rather He focuses on the hearts of His dear children.
Knowing these things, where should our priorities lie? On what should we be focusing? Should our priorities lead us to accumulate more and more of the good things of this world, or should we be focusing on enriching our hearts and souls in the things of God? Should we focus on making a name for ourselves, or should we focus on making a name for God?
The wealth and prosperity of this world has weakened the state of the church. Where churches once stood tall in the face of adversity, their doors are seldom open due to the apathy of the congregation. When services are over, the congregants can hardly leave fast enough to get on with lives driven by the need to get more and more, even at the detriment of their so called friends and neighbors. Does this describe us?
As we read Psalm 147, let us fall before the Lord asking that He would help us to turn our hearts to Him, our First Love, so that His values become our values as well. When church is over, let us run home and immerse ourselves in His Word, studying its truths so that our lives may become more and more devoted to Him. Let us look at the needs of our families, friends, and neighbors as opportunities to serve the Lord; may we show forth the love of God that He has established in our hearts in everything we think, do, and say.
This is what brings delight to God, and this is what should bring delight to us as well. Could it be that we could learn to love and cherish those times we set aside to just delight in God? Could we set aside 5, 10, or even 15 minutes of each day just to delight in, worship, and praise the Lord?
Let us, as the people of God, turn our hearts and lives to Him so that every waking hour is filled with love, praise, worship, and service for Him. Whether at home, work, or even during times of recreation, may God hold the first place in our hearts. Why? Because He delights in us!
God Bless You,