Over the last 2 weeks I memorized Psalm 147: 10-11
His pleasure is not found in the strength of horses, 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.
When our children are young, they want you to see what they can do. "Look at me mom" they cry out, showing off their new found skill or ability. As toddlers, they learn the phrase "I do it myself" to show us they don't need our help and they are strong and able on their own.
I thought about these phrases as I was committing this word to memory.
Look at me...I can do it myself!
God is saying, I don't care. In fact, He is saying more than that. He is declaring here that He isn't asking us to do it ourselves or to be proud of our abilities.
God is asking us to remember that all He asks is for us to humbly submit to His will and walk in His strength.
I found the most compelling call to action was to 'delight' the Lord. Oh, to know that God finds delight in me! Here are just a few definitions of this word "delight":
- please: give pleasure to or be pleasing to.
- a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction.
- joy: something or someone that provides a source of happiness;
This verse tells me that it is not by the things I do for Him in my own strength, but in my complete submission to Him that He is delighted.
- When I come to Him weary from striving and seek His strength, He is delighted.
- When I let go of my own dreams and plans and seek His will, He is delighted.
- When I surrender control over my life and my circumstances and submit it all to Him, He is delighted.
I delight Him.
When I bow down in worship, fearing a life without Him....
I delight Him.
Lord God, to You I bow my knee. To You I surrender. You are my strength. Without you I am powerless. I may be able to acheive some symblance of greatness in the eyes of the world, but if I do not delight You, I have failed. Forgive me Lord for the times that I have performed for You, asking You to be delighted in the things I have done for You, even though I did not seek to know Your will first. I kneel before You Lord; worshipping You with awe and wonder. Oh Lord, if Your love is so great that it would go to the cross for me, how could I ever question that Your love would ever fail me. It is for this reason that all of my hope is in You and You alone. I do not put my hope in the things of this world, but in Your unfailing love. I trust You Lord. I know Your love for me is the only future I need. It is in the name of Jesus Christ, whose sacrifice proved Your unfailing love, that I pray. Amen.
Next memory verse: Psalm 143:8 NIV
Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way that I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.
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