Words from the Heart for Sunday January 29th, 2017
He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.
Psalm 18:19 (NLT)
The Lord is not angry at those who are lost. Neither is He angry with those who are following Him as believers. His work in our lives is because of His great love. And, He takes delight in us. Many people have an entirely different view of God. Share this truth of His delight and desire for them today.
Last month, the federal government announced that the European aircraft company Airbus had won a $2.4 billion contract to replace Canada’s aging search-and-rescue planes. Canada awarded Airbus an 11-year contract, with a possible 15-year extension of the deal that could push its total value to $4.7 billion. The previous government had estimated a cost of $3.4 billion for the program. The 16 Airbus C295W planes will replace the existing fleet, acquired as early as 1960. The planes are scheduled to be delivered between 2019 and 2022. This purchase comes on the heels of another announcement by the federal government about aircraft. Canada is also replacing its fighter jet fleet. Last month the federal government announced that they were planning to buy 18 Boeing Co. Super Hornets as a stopgap measure while beginning an open bidding process for a permanent replacement for its aging CF-18s.
Back in the early days of The Salvation Army, founder William Booth had a vision of people in a stormy sea, drowning in their sin and guilt. He saw men and women, followers of Jesus Christ, standing on an island in the midst of the raging sea, pulling people to safety. And there was Jesus in the midst of the storm, calling people to Him, empowering those who were on the rocky island. What a beautiful picture of what David describes in Psalm 18:19: “He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.” David had often felt like he was in the midst of a storm. His enemies were numerous and they spoke evil of him often. But God was there in the midst of the storm, delighting in him. We so often look at our lives and wonder how God can ever love us. We doubt that this God, whose nature is love, could possibly love us. David learned that not only does God love us, but He likes us. There is a difference. God has to love us – that is His nature. But there is more. Out of that love comes delight. He finds great joy in us and longs for us to delight in Him as well. God really does love you and He likes you too. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will pour out His blessings on you as He delights in you.
These have been words from the heart.