What Delights God? Not My Strength.
"[God’s] pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior." (Psalm 147:10, NIV)
Our displays of strength are not what brings pleasure and delight to God? Ouch!
So, what does God delight in?
"The Lord delights in those who fear him and put their hope in him." (Psalm 147:11, NIV) Our faith, not our strength, produces the emotional reaction of delight in God.
Why does God delight in our faith but not our strength? I think the answer in part lies in this fact; God does not need anything from us.
In Acts 17, Paul preaches to the Athenians saying, “the God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” (Acts 17:24-25 NIV, emphasis added)
In God’s wisdom for this universe, he determines to display his glory not in what we do for him, but in what he does for us. The redemption of man through the cross is the archetype of his methods. He works, and we believe. The result is glory for him and fulfillment of purpose for us. We are blessed and God is delighted. Who can comprehend this and not be filled with joy!
If we don’t understand this, seasons of low productivity will be difficult. Being weak or unproductive will be a blow to our self-confidence, causing us to question who we are.
God wants us to root our identity not in our strength, but in our relationship with him. Our identity is an important part of our emotional health. So important, in fact, that we typically worship whatever provides it.
When our identity comes from our strength and what it can produce, we will not find the fulfillment of purpose God desires for us. Nor will we glorify God the way he desires us to. But when we root our identity in our relationship with him, believing he is working for us, we find a source of unwavering peace and joy.