>In What Does the Lord Take Pleasure?

>Sublime…simple…sensational…stupendous…’stonishing…surreal…

Okay, okay, I’m out of adjectives. But I was slapped across the face this morning during my (pretty) regular morning-time-in-the-Word.

Psalm 149.4  For the Lord takes pleasure in His people
I won’t add to this…I’ll just ask a question or two…
Do you feel a bit defeated, discouraged, distant? Inadequate, insecure, ineffective? Failing, fatigued, faulty? Unloved, unappreciated, un-used? Grumpy, grouchy, growling?
the Lord takes pleasure in You
I said I wouldn’t add a comment, but…
I have four children ranging in age from 25 to 7…they (like I) often do dumb things, don’t do right things, and disappoint, disturb, and derange me…but I love them, am on their side, and take pleasure in them.
And I’m just a dummy (I hear the choruses of “amen!”).
Our Abba, our heavenly Father, “takes pleasure in us.” And, as is His love, so is His pleasure…He does not love us “if” or “when” or “because”…He loves us with an everlasting love…and that is rather neat.

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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