Psalm 147:11 - God's Delight and Our Praise.
Psalm 147:11 - God's Delight and Our Praise.
Psalm 147:11 (NIV) the Lord delights in those who fear him, who
put their hope in his unfailing love.
Psalm 147:11 (CWB) But He delights in those who respect him and
depend on His unfailing love.
We spend much effort trying to sharpen our skills or increase
our strength. There is nothing wrong with doing so, and, in fact,
our gifts can be used to glorify God. But when we use our skills
with no regard for God, they are indeed worth little. It is our
'fear' (reverence) and trust that God desires. When he has those, then
he will use our skills and strengths in ways far greater than we
can imagine. [Life Application SB]
There is always hope when God is brought into the picture,
because there is nothing greater than God's power. He is able to provide
for all our needs and is never overwhelmed by the problems or
dependencies that we call our enemies. [Life Recovery SB]
In this psalm we discover an important secret about relating
to the Lord. Our great and mighty God, who has absolute power over
everything in heaven and on earth, is not impressed with powerful people.
Those who are strong and mighty in their own strength don't get God's
attention. Instead, it is the brokenhearted and humble he notices and
supports (vv. 3, 6).
He chooses to work not through those who are strong but
through those who are weak. And most of all, we don't earn his approval
by being great or strong. He delights in those who reverently honor
him and put their hope and trust in his unfailing love and mercy,
not in their own ability. Today, if you've put your hope in anyone
or anything else, ask the Lord to forgive you. But don't stop
there. Ask his Spirit to so work in your life that your primary goal
becomes honoring and pleasing God.
Dear LORD, there have been timed-even many-when I have relied
on someone or something other than you. Forgive me. Those things
are "puny" compared to the strength that you give to us when we
acknowledge our own weakness and dependence on you. Help me to put my trust
in you, and show me the way to a Life that honors you. I hope in
your unfailing Love. [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re vv.
I tried to have a sense of humor in dealing with life. But
laughter had become more difficult as I lost the ability to walk and move
about as I once did, My husband bought me a wheelchair so it would be
easier to go shopping at the mall, visit the zoo with the
grandchildren, and wait in line to vote. My biggest hindrance to using the
chair was my pride; I didn't want others to see me stuck in a
wheelchair. Worst of all, I felt that my increasing inability to walk and
stand (the result of severe arthritis and fibromyalgia) was hindering
my ability to serve God. Didn't he want me to glorify him in humble
Then, in July 2005, I read Psalm 147, and verses 10-11
changed my whole attitude. Now I realize that to God, the most important
thing is not physical strength but what is in my heart. Am I thinking
about God or myself? I can think about God whether I'm sitting, doing
cartwheels, or standing on my head--chair or no chair. Wheel away!
Alice McGhee, a writer and Bible teacher, lives in Littleton,
Colorado, with her husband, Ken, and enjoys sewing, playing with her
grandchildren, and singing in the choir. [The One Year Bible Live Verse
Devotional re vv. 10, 11]
A. W. Tozer writes, "Many think of God as far removed, gloomy
and mightily displeased with everything!" He then vigorously
declares that view erroneous. "True, God hates sin, but now in Christ,
all believing souls are objects of God's delight."
Tozer goes on to quote Zephaniah as capturing this aspect of
God's personality: "The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty;
he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in
his love, he will joy over thee with singing" (3:17 KJV).
He points out the Bible emphasizes God enjoys his creation.
For instance, in Psalm 104, we read at great length about God's
greatness: "You are dressed in a robe of light. You stretch out the starry
curtain of the heavens.... You placed the world on its foundation....
You make springs pour water into the ravines, so streams gush down
from the mountains. They provide water for all the animals.... Birds
nest beside the streams and sing among the branches" (verses 2, 5,
10-11, 12 NLT).
In describing and celebrating all of God's creation in this
exuberant chapter of Holy Scripture, the psalmist declares, "May the glory
of the LORD continue forever! The LORD takes pleasure in all he has
made!" (v. 31 NLT).
God enjoys his creation, and that includes us.
God loves us and delights in us and prepares a place for us.
What a hope!
Tozer tells us, "Heaven is full of music because it is the
place where the pleasures of holy love abound."
Lord, it's delightful you're delighted in your creation. You
certainly have unlimited wonders to celebrate! I pray you'll bring me into
full harmony with your Spirit so that I can live in your delight.
[The One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold Myra re Psalm 147:11]
I loved seeing my little grandson Noah as he watched
snowflakes twirling from the sky, patted our dog's black, furry coat, and
later folded his hands and bowed his red head to say thank you to God
for his peanut butter sandwich. He is aware and alive, and his
wonder was contagious. Kids are full of wonder, amazement, and awe.
Many of us adults, however, have lost our sense of wonder and awe. So
God gives us psalms such as this one. They draw us from our ho-hum
existence that takes such things as rainbows, snowflakes, and sunrises for
granted back to a childlike wonder of our great God who fills the sky
with clouds, sends the snow like white wool, and hurls hail like
stones. He created everything and possesses all power yet cares for the
weak and brokenhearted. He calls the stars by name yet supports the
humble. He reigns over all creation yet delights in the simple,
heartfelt devotion of those who trust him. His understanding is beyond
human comprehension. Surely a God like this can inspire our wonder and
awe! Meditate today on the amazing greatness of God, and find your
own words to sing his praise.
God Of Wonder, I am in awe of your creation, your power, and
your compassion. I sing out my praise to you. Your understanding is
beyond comprehension! Your power is absolute! How good it is to sing
praises to my God! How delightful and how right! Praise the Lord!
[Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re vv. 1-5]
Fred Smith points out what many of us have experienced: "Life
needs continual aeration. When life gets heavy, it settles down on us
and needs to be lightened up." Smith recognizes that the majority of
people who sit in church on a Sunday carry major hurts, and he calls
for us to discover inspiration and joy in our faith, whatever our
"The 'blessed hope' is not guilt but grace," he emphasizes.
"We are forgiven, we are free, we have fellowship and an inheritance
immortal. We have talents and gifts. Each of us can make a difference.
Exult in it! Breathe it in."
Smith challenges us to find lilt and buoyancy in life,
through wonderment, respect, and gratitude.
We can feel wonder by looking with fresh eyes at our world
and universe. "It's easy to become jaded and say, 'So what?' But
that's not the biblical spirit. Paul seemed to say in the Scriptures
not 'So what?' but 'So that.' Paul had a vision and a sense of
wonder in what God was doing."
Smith tells us that respect for others aerates his spirit-and
he takes his own advice. In heavy traffic, for example, he resolves
to do favors for other motorists instead of blowing his horn at
them. Doing so lifts his spirit as he drives to the office.
Psychologists say that gratitude is the healthiest emotion of
all, and the Bible is full of admonitions to be thankful. Yet, in the
United States, many refer to Thanksgiving as "turkey day," avoiding the
holiday's meaning. What a loss! To be thankful is to live with spiritual
and physical vitality.
"Gratitude puts a lilt in life," Smith says. "Each morning I
need to say, 'I am part of this marvelous human race which, though
fallen, is so greatly loved by God that Jesus Christ died for it.' Talk
about gratitude! If we think of the magnificent work of God on our
behalf and all of his works of wonder, we will be aerated in such a way
that we can genuinely glorify our Creator."
Lord, so often things go wrong, and tragedies around me
overwhelm any lilt I feel. Aerate my spirit. Help me to focus my eyes on
your greatness and to experience your inspiration and joy.
Praise the LORD! How good to sing praises to our God! How
delightful and how fitting! Psalm 147:1 NLT [The One Year Book of
Encouragement by Harold Myra mod.]
God being who and what he is, and we being who and what we are,
the only thinkable relation between us is one of full lordship on
his part and complete submission on ours. We owe him every honor
that it is in our power to give him. A. W. Tozer
LINK TO AN APPLICABLE PRAISE SONG:
With All I Am by Hillsong: