In whom does the Lord take pleasure...
A thought that came to me some months back; and as I reflect upon that thought today I began searching the scriptures for an answer. I excitedly found two scriptures that indelibly, and exactly, brought the answer for which I was searching.
The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. Psalm 147:11 (KJV)
For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people : he will beautify the meek with salvation. Psalm 149: 4 (KJV)
When I found these verses, I felt a double blessing because all week the beautiful poem from Shakespeare entitled "MERCY" has been on my heart. It reads thusly:
The quality of mercy is not strained,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath : it is twice blessed,
It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes :
'T is mightiest in the mightiest ; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown ;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings :
But mercy is above the sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself ;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's,
When mercy seasons justice.
Mercy entails compassion, forebearance, forgiveness, generosity, kindness, leniency, sympathy, and understanding. Those who fear God and those that "hope" in His mercy are those in whom He takes pleasure and will be the recipients of all that His mercy entails.
How greatly I need all that God's mercy entails; and how blessed I and all of His children are to know that He Our God -- takes pleasure in us, his people, and "in them that fear him,"and "in those that hope in his mercy."
Praise the Lord!