by Pastor Lee Hemen
April 29, 2008
For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. (Psalms 149:4)
Did you know that God takes delight in you, dear child of the Lord? Yes He does! Oh sure we sing, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so,” but few of us truly understand what that means. Herein is the wonderful truth of Scripture in that God delights over those He has chosen!
David understood this and wrote that “Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.” (Psalms 149:1-3) God’s chosen should praise Him for His delight in them! In fact we discover that, “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17) WOW! I do not know about you but it is kind of awesome, to borrow a term from the younger set, that the Creator of the universe rejoices over me with singing!
This is also why I love to sing songs that I make up myself to the Lord. Doesn’t David tell us to “sing a new song” to Him? Sure, they may not ever make the top 50, but for me they are an expression of my love and devotion to the One who chosen me and sings over me! Try it! Oh go ahead and try it for yourself. Here’s what I do: I will take my dog, Molly, for a stroll and while she sniffs every bush, shrub, and blade of grass, I sing a song to the Lord.
God’s people should be utterly happy and ecstatic with joy over their relationship with God. Now I am not talking about falling down in ungodly gibberish that sounds like the demons of hell have taken you over, nor am I advocating frothing at the mouth and jerking around like pagans under the influence of some mind-altering substance. God is never the God of chaos. He always does things with a purpose and a plan. But what I mean is that there are too few expressions of actual spiritual joy within today’s church. Instead we manufacture them through a good show, with lights, fog machines, sound levels that only the military uses to disrupt explosives with, and themes that are direct from Las Vegas. I believe it is because today’s Christian has no idea what it means to actually walk with God daily. They have come to think and to be directed that it is simply a devotional thought for the day that makes them happy for the moment. It is not. The kind of delight and joy that is expressed in Scripture comes from a deep intimate relationship whereby the Lord’s chosen know God as He walks with them. It isn’t a feeling, emotion, or manufactured event – it is real and personal.
David could sing what he did because he had experienced it for himself. In fact, he wondered over the notion that one day this relationship would not be dependent on a person’s adherence to a set of rules, but it would be based on faith alone because of God’s grace! That’s what we as His chosen today enjoy, something that the “prophets and righteous men longed for!” (Matthew 13:17)
So today, just for today, if you cannot bring yourself to do it any other time, sing a new song to Him who has chosen you. If you do it just once with all your heart, you will discover that it becomes a duet where God joins in the chorus of your life!
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