Psalm 147:11 – but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
The Psalmist points earlier that the all-powerful Lord whonamed every star in the universe, whose greatness is beyond measure, cares for his people. God heals the wounds of the broken and downtrodden. God’s pleasure in not in man’s strength or the accomplishments of His creation but rather when His people have an awe and reverence for God. Their hope rests not on their condition but on the ever present unchanging love of God for His creation.
If in my life as a believer and follower of Jesus I want to please God, I must have a correct understanding of my relationship to God and submit in a healthy fear before our holy God. My hope can only be in Jesus and his redemptive work of salvation on the cross for all who believe in His name. God’s love is the most powerful thing in the world and His Word is steady and unchanging unlike the things of this world that will leave me unsatisfied and down a path towards destruction. I can fear the creator God, ruler of the universe, place my faith in Him and be prepared to share the hope I have in Christ or place my trust in an unsteady, changing world that is opposed to God and won’t bring satisfaction or peace.
Thank you for the truth in your word from Psalm 147. Let the Spirit guide me to fear you not man and my hope be in your steadfast love. Guide my actions and words to be yours to share your gospel and disciple others to bring you glory in Jesus name.