Friday, April 15, 2011

Taking Pleasure

Photo by Emmie Davis
Last week I was giving my granddaughter, Emma, a bath.  The bath portion had actually ended and we were well into to the "play" portion.

I had already pulled the plug from the drain and most of the water had drained from the tub, but this had not dampened Emma's enjoyment of the experience at all.  She was using a small face towel to "scrub" the sides of the tub, singing as she did so.  She would scoop up some of the remaining bubbles, tell me what she was doing, and then start her song and scrubbing all over again.   Fun was clearly written on her every movement.

I in turn took great pleasure in simply sitting there watching her enjoyment.  I laughed when she laughed.  I listened when she spoke and I marveled at what a wonderful little-girl voice she has with which to sing.  I took great delight in sitting there for many minutes watching my little granddaughter enjoy herself in what was left of her bath water and bubbles.

It was not until the next day when I heard a preacher quote the verse, ". . .the LORD taketh pleasure in His people," (Psalm 149:4),  that it struck me.  The same pleasure I had in watching Emma is the pleasure the Lord takes in us.  In me.
The Lord takes pleasure in ME

That thought is so profound, so beautiful, so unfathomable, I just can't wrap my brain around it.  The same God who created the worlds, who holds my very universe together by the power of His Word, that same God, takes pleasure in ME.

Sometime this day find some time to be still, sit alone and just ponder that thought.  If you have trusted in the Lord Jesus as your Savior, the Lord takes pleasure in you.  He takes pleasure in YOU.  Let that sink down into your soul, let it fill your heart.  The Lord, our God, takes pleasure in you.

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