Scripture: Psalm 147:10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner; 11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Observation: Here’s a note from these verses I wrote some years ago in my bible:
This passage, especially v. 11, seem to hold contrasting ideas in tension. It says that God takes pleasure in those who “fear him” and “hope in his steadfast love”. As I study what this means, it would seem that fearing the Lord is akin to having deep respect for God more than dread of God. I suppose this is similar to our relationship with parents in which children have respect for parents and also place hope in them. This prevents us believers from trivializing our relationship with God.
Application: How was your Christmas? Mine was a study in contrasts. Some parts of it were wonderful. I have so much to be thankful for, especially having all three kids home at the same time. Other parts were more difficult. As is true for most everyone, Christmas brings into focus the broken parts of me and my family. There is joy and there is pain – all in one day. But that’s life isn’t it?
And because life itself is a study in contrasts we can “hope in (God’s) steadfast love” (v.11). One expression of that hope is the birth of Jesus our Immanuel. Immanuel means “God with us”. In the midst of my joys and sorrows the Lord is present. For you. For me. For all who call on his name.
Prayer: Life is great. Life is hard. Come Lord Jesus. Amen.