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Pleasure in those who fear Him

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church about 1 year ago | 1027 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Psalm 147 is a song of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for His majesty and His goodness. The psalmist speaks of the Lord healing the brokenhearted and binding up their wounds.  He counts the stars and calls them by name.  He is mighty in power and His understanding is infinite.  He causes rain to make the grass grow and feeds the animals.  So the psalmist urges his readers to praise the Lord.

He then speaks of what pleases the Lord.  Verse 10-11 declare:

“His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor His pleasure in the legs of man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfastness.”

It’s interesting here, in verse 10, that the psalmist tells us about things that delight us, but don’t delight the Lord.  We are impressed with the power of a horse and by a strong man.  But the strength of a horse and the strength of a man are not impressive to the Lord.  Since He has infinite strength and power, the strength of a horse or a man is insignificant.   Besides, the Lord looks not on the outside, but on the inside.  1 Sam 16:7 says, “…For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

The psalmist goes on, in verse 11, to tell us what the Lord does delight (take pleasure) in.  He takes pleasure in those who fear Him. 

Psalm 34:7 says, “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them.”  The Lord delivers because He takes pleasure in those who fear Him.

We are commanded in a number of places to fear God:

Deut 6:13  “It is the LORD you God, you shall fear Him.”

Deut 8:6  “So you shall keep the commandments of the LORD our God by walking in is ways and by fearing Him.”

Deut 10:12 “…..what does the LORD you god require of you, but to fear the LORD your God….”

Those are only a few from on book.

Jesus, Himself, says “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear Him Who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell….”

Prov 9:10 even tells us that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

We know that the fear of the Lord includes more than just anxiety at some calamity He might send upon us.  The phrase also means awe and reverence.  The Lord takes pleasure in those who are awed by Him and hold Him in reverence. 

May we never lose sight of His greatness, His majesty, His power, His steadfast love, His benevolence toward us, His wisdom, His matchless care for His own.  May we never try to impress Him with our strength or our deeds, but only by our holding Him in the highest esteem.  When He looks past our outward appearance into our hearts, may He see the fear of the Lord residing there.



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