Words from the Heart for Wednesday May 17th, 2017
I know you are pleased with me, for you have not let my enemies triumph over me.
Psalm 41:11 (NLT)
You are Pleased With Me
When Jesus was introduced as the Lamb of God, the voice of the Father was heard announcing that He took pleasure in the Son. You can read about that in the Gospels. We may think that only Jesus would receive those words from the Father. But, we are also His beloved sons (children). And, He wants to assure us that He takes pleasure in us.
Scott Arfield was born and raised in West Lothian Scotland, but this past March said he was pleased to be playing on Canada’s national soccer team. He is able to do so because his father was born in Toronto. He had consistently represented Scotland on under-19, under-21 and B level but when Scotland didn’t come calling to invite Arfield to their national team, he happily accepted Canada’s invitation. He made his Canadian debut in a 3-0 loss to Mexico and then returned to Scotland for a game between his new team and the national team that had failed to invite him. “”I’m happy that I’ve taken this opportunity,”” Arfield told BBC Sport “You have a dream that you want to play for Scotland. As you get older, your career takes you in different places.”
Religion is often portrayed as the attempt by men and women to somehow please God. Sometimes that means doing good works or doing repetitive religious activities like prayers or fasting. Sometimes it is far more painful – self-flagellation or walking through fire or glass. This idea of religion traces its roots back in time millennia to religions like Baalism, seen in the battle between the prophet Elijah and the prophets of Baal, who scream, dance and cut themselves all in a futile attempt to get the attention of their non-existent god. What a contrast to the God of the Bible who loves us and provides all that we need to have sin forgiven and a relationship with Him guaranteed. The Psalmist David understood this and writes in Psalm 41:11: “I know you are pleased with me, for you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” David knew that what brought God pleasure was His people walking in faith. The heart of the Christian faith is not good works or religious activity, but salvation by grace through faith. God is pleased with those who trust Him and love Him. And in response, God’s people can trust God’s promises. In this case – God’s promise to protect David from his enemies. God loves you. The Bible tells us this over and over again. But He is also pleased with you when you walk in faith and express your love for Him by trusting Him completely.
These have been words from the heart.