“He brought me into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
God delights in me? No way—me, a mere flawed human being? The fact that the great, awesome and powerful God would stoop so low as to free me, rescue me and then delight in me is almost incomprehensible! When I begin to count the number of times I’ve messed up and disappointed God…well, the number is too great to tally. And, I continue to mess up.
The definition of “delight” is a high degree of pleasure; joy, to have or take great pleasure. Synonyms of the word “delight” are to please, gratify, rejoice, gladden, tickle, satisfy, content, charm, allure, and attract. The God of the universe takes pleasure in me? Even when I don’t act kind or loving to a family member—He still loves me. When I jump to conclusions about my neighbor’s actions and do not know his motive or his heart—God still loves me!
I am learning that this big God is also a personal God and longs for intimacy with me. He cares enough about me (and you) to reach down from on high and take hold of me; “he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me…but the Lord was my support.” (Psalm 18:16—18)
Have you been through deep waters? I have. I can’t depend on my physical body to perform properly at all times. I grow weary and weak, and need to depend on others to get me through the day, and that’s okay. My Mother died unexpectantly at an early age. As I think of my dear confidant, my eyes tear. I can no longer talk face to face with her and share my daily joys and sorrows.
We all walk through dark valleys. Sometimes God takes us out of the valley; other times He walks through the valley with us. Either way, He doesn’t leave us stranded. Apart from this great God, I can do nothing. But if I humble myself and pray (2 Chronicles 7:14)—God comes through and does not disappoint. With God, all things are possible. Even sweet communion with a God who delights in me!
Prayer: Thank you, God, for rescuing me many times throughout the years. I don’t deserve rescue, but because of Your great love and mercy, You choose to free me in spite of me. Keep my ways pure, oh Lord, as I learn truth from Your scripture. My heart’s desire is to run to You sooner next time. When the deep waters threaten to swallow me up, I long for You to be my strong support so You may delight in me all the days of my life. Amen.
Teresa Kay Lasher ©2010; 11/4/2010 2:26:45 PM