God delights in us

“For the LORD delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory” (Psalm 149:4, NLT).

The world seems to have a problem viewing God from the right perspective. Perhaps because of stories in the Old Testament of God’s anger toward the Israelites and their subsequent punishment, or of the seemingly callous destruction of many pagan tribes, many people see him as mean and judgmental. On the other side are the images of a meek and mild Jesus, holding children and lambs, and figures such as Santa Claus, jolly, laughing and handing out presents. In true human fashion, we can’t seem to find the balanced middle ground.

Everything God is and does comes out of who he is: love. We can’t equate his wrath and judgments to ours because ours aren’t based in love. His blessings and gifts are more extravagant and wonderful than any we might give. And here is what most people don’t understand at all: even with all our problems, our sin and mistreatment of others, he still loves us. He loved us enough to become a human and die at our hands so we can live forever with him. He even delights in us, the same way a mother and father delight in their children, which gives us a whole new perspective on who he is—our delighted, loving father.

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

7 thoughts on “God delights in us”

  1. Jesus also tells us that those who would not follow them deserve much less than love: “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” (Luke 19:27)
    In verses 12-27, we are told the story of people who would put other things before the love of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Verse 27 holds the line in which Jesus tells his apostles to bring the men before him and slay them.

    Jesus is a much more complex God than your lack of Biblical knowledge would indicate.

    1. Jesus also tells us to love our enemies. After reading some of your posts, especially the hateful ones about women, it seems you have a pocketful of stones at the ready for anyone who disagrees with you. I guess we have different definitions of grace.

      1. Absolutely. You might want to read Hebrews which talks about the old being obsolete and the new covenant of grace, which is better.

  2. I would suggest that you consult the Bible on what Jesus himself had to say about following the covenant of the Old Testament:

    1) “For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:18-19 RSV) Clearly the Old Testament is to be abided by until the end of human existence itself. None other then Jesus said so.

    2) All of the vicious Old Testament laws will be binding forever. “It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the letter of the law to become invalid.” (Luke 16:17 NAB)

    3) Jesus strongly approves of the law and the prophets. He hasn’t the slightest objection to the cruelties of the Old Testament. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.” (Matthew 5:17 NAB)

    3b) “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16 NAB)

    3c) “Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation, for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.” (2 Peter 20-21 NAB)

    4) Jesus criticizes the Jews for not killing their disobedient children according to Old Testament law. Mark.7:9-13 “Whoever curses father or mother shall die” (Mark 7:10 NAB)

    5) Jesus is criticized by the Pharisees for not washing his hands before eating. He defends himself by attacking them for not killing disobedient children according to the commandment: “He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.” (Matthew 15:4-7)

    6) Peter says that all slaves should “be subject to [their] masters with all fear,” to the bad and cruel as well as the “good and gentle.” This is merely an echo of the same slavery commands in the Old Testament. 1 Peter 2:18

    7) “Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law” (John7:19) and “For the law was given by Moses,…” (John 1:17).

    8) “…the scripture cannot be broken.” –Jesus Christ, John 10:35

    Perhaps if you were truly familiar with the Divine Word, you would have a better understanding of the importance of the Old Testament.

    1. If you only knew. And wow, what an interesting interpretation of the New Testament in light of the Old Testament. Have you ever heard of grace? No need for you to comment again. Only love and grace are spoken here.

  3. I write with the weight of scripture behind me. You demonstrate Proverbs 18:2. Modern Christianity has no place for “Christians” who pick and choose the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that appeal to them and their prideful, sinful and selfish world-view. You either love Jesus and accept everything he said as the divine truth that it is, or you are a sinner and will be dealt with as John writes of in the Book of Revelations.

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