by Luke Kincaid
Last week while reading through a devotion on Psalm 149 I came across a much needed reminder contained in verse 4 which reads as follows:
4 For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.
Ross Lester is one of my heroes in the faith and I identify and agree with his following notes on this Psalm which say:
“I sometimes feel like God just barely tolerates me. On good days, when I can remember that Christ’s righteousness is gifted to me, I can still think that is a begrudging exchange – like God the Father has to love me because of Jesus, but he doesn’t really like me. In my experience as a pastor, I have learned that I am not the only one who feels this way. People really struggle to imagine that God enjoys us.”
This is such a dangerous lie to allow to infiltrate our thought life as it will then negatively affect our relationship with God. The truth is that God takes pleasure in His people. If you are a child of God, God is currently taking pleasure in you in this very moment – what a truth!
So regardless of where you are in life right now know that if you are a disciple of Jesus, this is how God feels about you. There is nothing you can do to make Him love you any more or any less because God looks at you, a genuine disciple, He sees His perfect Son – Jesus:
26 …for through faith you are all sons of God in Christ Jesus. 27 For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ. – Galatians 3:26-27