For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.
—Psalm 149:4 (NLT).
If God delights in you, why is it sometimes hard for you to find joy in Him? You need to absorb the truth that He delights in you. He takes joy in you.
God is constant–the same way yesterday, today, and forever. There is no change in His love for you. If you feel abandoned, perhaps, you have allowed something to make you lose confidence in Him. God never abandons His children. He delights in you because you are His creation, and His Son made you worthy by dying for you. That is the greatest love. That kind of love does not abandon you. But sometimes when you don’t believe the gift of freedom He died to give you, you judge His love for you. You judge His love because of unbelief and because of pain.
You cannot know the delight of the Lord if you don’t believe what Jesus has done for you. You will always question His love if you don’t believe He has paid your debt in full. There is no condemnation in Jesus. Never listen to the enemy who condemns and lies to you. Guilt and shame are the enemy’s tools, and he ruthlessly uses them when faith in Jesus’ grace has not transformed your understanding.
You cannot know the delight of the Lord if some event or problem is so powerful that it keeps you from experiencing God's love and peace. You don't feel loved if you feel God has abandoned you and doesn’t care about your problem. That very feeling of abandonment can bring anger and bitterness toward God, and then anger toward yourself for being angry at Him. He forgives you. Forgive yourself. Life happens. Events happen. Problems come. Trials are inevitable. God has not abandoned you. He is not the author of evil. God is love! His power is greater in your life than that of any event. Allow Him to show you. He takes delight in you when those trials have the ability to produce greater spiritual maturity.
When you humble yourself in His victory and not wallow in your defeat, you allow the trials of life to spiritually grow you into His beautiful creation. You invite His victory. Instead of defeating you, those trials inspire you to trust Him more. He crowns the humble with victory! “Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT). His power is best understood in humility. Its greatest revelation is found in humility. When you have a revelation of the freedom of His grace, you, just like Peter, want Him to wash all of you. You know without a doubt that He delights in you!
© 2020 Lynn Lacher