LIGHTHOUSE DAILY DEVOTION
(Sent daily except Sunday)
(Some of the Devotions are original, some are adapted)
November 7, 2019
GOD DELIGHTS IN HIS REDEEMED PEOPLE
(Sent in by a friend)
Jeremiah 32:41 - "Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good.…”
Isaiah 62:5 - “…as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.”
We cannot see any reason in ourselves why the Lord should take pleasure in us. We cannot take delight in ourselves, for we often have to groan, being burdened; conscious of our sinfulness, and deploring our unfaithfulness. And we fear that God's people cannot take much delight in us, for they must perceive so much of our imperfections and our follies, that they may rather lament our infirmities, than admire our graces.
But we love to dwell upon this transcendent truth, this glorious mystery--that as the bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so does the Lord rejoice over us! We do not read anywhere that God delights in the cloud-capped mountains, or the sparkling stars--but we do read that His delights are with the sons of men. We do not find it written that even angels give His soul delight; nor does He say, concerning cherubim and seraphim, "You shall be called Hephzibah, for the Lord delights in you"; but He does say all that to poor fallen creatures like ourselves, debased and depraved by sin--but redeemed and saved by His grace.
In what strong language He expresses His delight in His people! Who could have conceived of the eternal One as bursting forth into a song? Yet it is written, "…he will rejoice over thee with joy…he will joy over thee with singing!" (Zeph. 3:17). As He looked upon the world He had made, He said, "It is very good". But when He beheld those who are the purchase of Jesus' blood, His own chosen ones, it seemed as if the great heart of the Infinite could restrain itself no longer--but overflowed in divine exclamations of joy.
Should not we utter our grateful response to such a marvelous declaration of His love, and sing, "I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation." (Hab. 3:18).
Wit and Wisdom - Philippians 4:4 – “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
Point to Ponder - You know you've reached middle age when you're cautioned to slow down by your doctor, instead of by the police.