The Divine Delight

“Behold, My Servant, Whom I uphold; My Chosen One in Whom My soul delights.” (Isaiah 42:1)

It is significant that God calls His Servant here “My chosen one IN WHOM MY SOUL DELIGHTS.”  The “Servant” which is mentioned several times in the latter chapters of Isaiah refers to the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. Perhaps one of the most famous passages in this line is “The Suffering Servant” passage of Isaiah 53, which predicts in detail the substitutionary suffering of the Messiah for our sins on the cross.

But significantly, in the present verse, Isaiah 42:1, the prophet proclaims that the Father “delights” in the Son — an instructive description of their relationship. Contrary to some wrong teaching/speculation, God did not create man because was “lonely” or “needed someone” with whom to fellowship. He already enjoyed fellowship among the three Persons of the Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — a perfect fellowship of love and delight. He merely created us — amazingly enough! — to join into that perfect fellowship which He had already enjoyed from eternity past. But that He enjoyed it, we see described here: “My soul delights” in Jesus, the Father proclaimed.

This is not only a matter of abstract theological speculation, but should be very instructive to us: if God the Father finds His delight in His Son, how much more should WE find our delight in Him!  If Jesus is enough for the eternal God, how much more will WE be totally satisfied if we look to Him for pleasure, fulfillment and delight?!  Surely if we “taste and see”, we will find Him to be “the One in whom OUR soul delights” as well!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, 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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