“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” (NIV)
What impresses people doesn’t impress God. The psalmist wasn’t thinking of high performance vehicles, when he wrote about horse power, but that certainly applies to our culture today. Even human accomplishments fall short of what pleases God. Muscle cars and Olympians aren’t the epitome. There is nothing wrong with either as long as things are kept in perspective.
God delights in those who respect Him. We show God respect by trusting Him with who we are, what we have, and what we will ever be. He doesn’t delight in machines or even people built for speed. God delights in hearts that are fully surrendered to Him.
Our strength is an asset only when it is surrendered to His strength. We can’t compete with God and win. He has the advantage. But, as we ask God to take all that we have and all that we are and use it for His purposes, He delights in us.
God isn’t asking us to hope in nothing. He delights in those “who put their hope in his unfailing love.” It might be hard to imagine “unfailing love,” but that is what God offers us.
What are you putting your hope in today? In another person? In yourself? In something you own?
Scripture quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
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