The Pleasure of God

Psalm 147:10-11 says: “He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD favors those who fear Him, those who wait for His lovingkindness.” In :10 we find two examples of things that we as human beings find excitement and pleasure in:
— “the strength of a horse” – many people enjoy horse racing, rodeos, and other kinds of equine competition.
— “the legs of a man” – footraces and other athletic events been a source of entertainment for mankind throughout the ages.
These are things that men LOVE to do in their free time, what they talk about and find pleasure in. But the scripture tells us there that GOD does NOT find pleasure in these things. Where does it say He finds His pleasure?

Theologically speaking, we know that the Triune God takes pleasure in the relationships of the Trinity, just as Jesus said in John 17:24, “You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” But regarding things on earth, where does the Bible say that God finds His pleasure? Verse 11 tells us: “YHWH favors those who fear Him; those who wait for His lovingkindness (the Hebrew word ‘chesed.’).”

The word “favors” here in :11 is a parallel to in the words” delight” and “take pleasure” of :10. In other words, rather than taking pleasure in animals or sports: God takes pleasure in US! But not just ALL people; a specific group of human beings, described here as:
— “those who fear Him”
— “those who wait on His lovingkindness (chesed).”

We see an example of this in Job, where God asks Satan: “Have you considered My servant Job?” (Job 1:8) in much the same way as a proud horse owner might say: “Have you seen my black stallion?” or a sports fan might exult, “Did you see how the Saints put it on ‘em yesterday?!” WE, when we show that we revere God and value Him above all else – and demonstrate it by waiting on His faithful love to deliver us – are His pleasure!

This should be our greatest motivation in life: to so honor God with all that we do, that He will find pleasure with us, and might be able to say “Have you considered my servant ________?” Truly it is the greatest privilege a person can have: to live for the pleasure of God!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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