The Lord delights in you.
You, Lord God, who created me, say, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.”
Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet You will not forget me.
You have inscribed me on the palms of Your hands; my walls are continually before You.
Lord, You order my steps as of a good man, and You delight in my way.
Your delight was with the sons of men.
You take pleasure in those who fear You, in those who hope in Your mercy.
You, the Lord of hosts, say that I shall be Yours on the day that You make us Your jewels.
And You will spare me as a man spares his own son who serves him.
I, who once was alienated and an enemy in my mind by wicked works, now You have reconciled in the body of Your flesh through death, to present me holy, and blameless, and above reproach in Your sight.
May I never be numb to the amazing truth that You delight in me—and may I respond to that delight by living a life that honors You!
ISAIAH 62:4; ISAIAH 43:1; ISAIAH 49:15–16; PSALM 37:23; PROVERBS 8:31; PSALM 147:11; MALACHI 3:17; COLOSSIANS 1:21–22 - Dr. David Jeremiah Life-Changing Moments with God
I parsed the devotional differently than it originally was written. Breaking up the sentences rather than it being a paragraph.
Looking back at yesterday's late night post, in addition to this prayer there's much to look at and consider. Bearing one another’s burdens is a part of this realization of the Lord Jesus Christ's delighting in those who have come to Him for salvation.
In parts of my crying out in prayer to God, it was in regards to the loneliness we have been feeling in this moving and being separated as so much in the last month.
I told my Mother that this type of experience reminds me of years ago when my arm was in a cast. Weeks of wanting it off, wanting normal to come back in some form.
We often do a grave disservice to Jesus, to the Spirit and by relationship the Father as well.
We are one way with them and when the bling of the world gets our attention we leave them at home while we go out to indulge in ourselves. Forgetting to obey Him in all we do and where we are.
We can whine about helping others because of the discomfort and inconvenience. Those thoughts we never tell people we know who are in need.
We forget just who we are, who's hands have our names inscribed because we mean that much to Him. We live for self pleasure and things that only bring joy, shutting out that which is anything else.
Jesus didn't pick n choose His assignments, wherever the Spirit lead Him He went.
Jesus delighted in you and I to the extent of dying on a cross, enduring the resurrection, to live and we are still sheep. Still each trying to go their own way.
We still neglect so great a salvation. We still put ourselves above others.
His delight in you and I is a perfect delight. It is a perfect joy.
We are indeed to be the hands and feet of Jesus, but are we?
That parable of the Good Samaritan still is extremely important in today's world.
We still have to wonder if indeed we are that generation that is missing "the faith" as Jesus pondered 2 thousand years ago. We need to look to see if we are involved with so many things, worldly or even church activities, that we have forgotten our first love?
Jesus would not have brought them up as a warning if they wouldn't be a reality at some point in the lives of people. He delights in us and we repay that with deeds not rooted in repentance nor in true righteousness. We neglect the widow and the orphan, neglect those in need.
We turn away from that which God has put before us to do in order to meet the needs of others.
He delights in us and we are to delight in Him.
He taught obedience to His Disciples and we too are His Disciples, His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works that we would walk in them.
A very grave danger is to arrive at Heaven and find out you missed out. That all the things you did or didn't do in His name...and yet be told to depart from Him for He never knew you.
Do you live each day in His Name?
Do you truly realize that He delights in You?
Do you, in your inner self, whine and complain about the serving that He's called you to do?
Do you turn away from helping others due to the inconvenience? Essentially telling the family of God that although He delights in them, you can't be bothered? Just as the Levite and the Priest told the person in that Parable?
Luke 10:30-37 NASB " Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he encountered robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by coincidence a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan who was on a journey came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you.’ Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed compassion to him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
The Lord Jesus Christ delights in You, go and do the same in serving God and others.
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