Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes the grass grow on the hills, He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call. His pleasure is not in the strength of horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; the Lord delights in those who fear him,, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:7-11 NIV
When we have “reverential” fear of The Lord–having a desire to please and trust in Him alone, He delights in us.
The “fear” referenced in this passage is not about being scared or afraid–but in acknowledging that without Him, we can do nothing and our hope and trust is in Him--not what we can do. This fear–is about pleasing Him and not causing Him to be ashamed of anything we do. And make no mistake about it–we can cause Him to be ashamed of us and He will turn His back on us when we willfully live in opposition to His Word.
Consider the parents of those who kill and maim others for no other reason than their boredom. The parents still love them, but they are ashamed of their children’s poor decision-making and behavior. How many parents have had to turn in their child for doing stupid or illegal things? Some parents will and some won’t.
We have recently seen a situation in which a young man was hiding out in his mother’s home and a child was killed by police when they were searching for him. To allow someone to hide out in our house when we know they have committed a crime is not good parenting–they need to pay for their crimes, otherwise, we invite more stupidity to arrive on our doorsteps–which is what happened to this child who was killed. If the father had never been in the home after committing a crime, the child would still be alive. When we do stupid, there is no need to look for fault in anyone other than ourselves.
God takes no delight in our foolishness, but He does delight in our willingness to obey and please Him. We demonstrate our willingness to obey and please Him by honoring His Word on a daily basis and not just on Sunday. For the Lord knows those who are His and though we may attempt to fool others or ourselves about a right relationship with Him, He is never fooled.
Instead of plotting to deceive Him or others, we should utilize the time in praising Him for His goodness and mercy. It is because of His love that we are yet able to do all the things we do. But we must remember that it is because of what He has poured into us that we are able to do anything, well.
Realizing His greatness and the place He has in our hearts and the role He plays in our lives--is cause to sing a new song of praise unto Him. When we know that everything we have or are capable of doing–the gifts He has given–deserve our praise to Him.
Some people think that blessings are only material possessions, but I declare the blessings of the Lord are His mercy, grace and love, and wisdom from above. I know I’m blessed because of His love and I will praise Him with every breath I take! For in my praise, He takes great delight!