God’s Delight in You
Today’s reading: Psalm 17-18; Acts 19:1-20
18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. 19 He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:18-19
And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. Acts 19:17b
God is praised and extolled when people see His power and His love and delight in those who are His own.
There are several incidents in the book of Acts in which unscrupulous unbelievers attempt to obtain the Holy Spirit for money or to invoke the name of Jesus for personal gain. In Ephesus, there is another example of this with the seven sons of Sceva who attempt to cast out a demon in Jesus’ name and are themselves possessed by the demon. The incident resulted in a wave of fear in the population and the realization that the name of Jesus was not to be trifled with. His name was extolled, as it should always be.
The Psalms are filled with exclamations of praise to God for His power and goodness to His needy people. Psalm 18 lists many ways in which the Lord delivered David. Appropriate praise is offered, but then we see this curious line, “he rescued me, because he delighted in me.” David grasped something about God that is often overlooked. God is not annoyed with us when we come to Him seeking help, strength, wisdom, deliverance, etc. God is not merely putting up with us. David understood that the Lord delighted in him It was not a bother to the Almighty that one of His children should come incessantly asking for things. God delivered David because He “delighted” in him.
You know that God is all-powerful, omnipotent, and sovereign. He controls all things. You probably believe He can do whatever He wishes to do. You don’t doubt that there is no problem too big for Him. Like the people of Ephesus, you grasp the sanctity and power of the name of Jesus. But do you believe that He delights to hear your prayer and rescue you? How confident are you in His loving kindness, His tender care, His infinite love, and His pleasure in responding to your requests? Think about God delighting in you the next time you ask Him for something you desperately need.