His pleasure and delight......


 Monday, November 13, 2017

Dear Friends:

David wrote that:  “His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor is his delight in the legs of the warrior; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”

Those things that impress us probably don’t “move” God too much. The mass of our aircraft carriers, the destructive power of our hydrogen bombs, our incredible infrastructure and industry are absolutely awesome when you consider what they represent in terms of our  construction, protection, etc.  But God’s delight is not in our building enterprise and “development”, but rather in our humble determination to place Him foremost in our lives and recognize Him as Almighty God.

Two things David comments upon which I must remind myself:  He is delighted with me when I recognize and worship Him as the One He is—God and then, that I trust in Him, His promises and His unfailing love.  What a promise!  What an assurance!!  If I choose Him as my Savior and humbly acknowledge that He is Lord He is pleased with me and will not let me down! Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but I will trust in the LORD my God.  It’s a choice that I make, and my life is forever blessed and I am sealed with His unfailing love—i.e. a love that is not fickle, or fading, or temporal.

How then should I live if I truly fear Him, put my hope in Him and trust in His unfailing love?  

-I would choose to be obedient!  HE is God and has stated right, wrong, what is pleasing to Him and what is unpleasing. If I have a proper fear/respect for God I will be an obeying son.

-I would decide to not worry or be anxious about tomorrow. “Hope” is more than wishful thinking! It’s believing that He will see me through the tough times and worrisome events in life.

-I would see myself as special: He loves me. That sets the standard for human self esteem! If God is for me and loves me and cares for me, what does it matter what anyone/everyone else thinks?

But I am not, sadly, all three of these things all the time. I am, at times, disobedient; I do get anxious about my work, friends and family members some days; I wonder if He likes me at certain seasons in my life!  He becomes so quiet, so removed and I ponder if He is fed up with me some days.  But these things do not represent my new life, but the the residue of the old life that’s not yet been consumed by His total presence in my life.

I am not where I want to be yet, but neither is any man or woman with the body of Christ. We all struggle from crawling, wobbling, walking, jogging and running. 

 

Warmly,

dean  barley,

Dean Barley

 


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