Monday, November 28, 2011

Delighting the Lord

Jeremiah 9:23-24
23 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

Delighting The Lord

It's Christmastime! My son is already compling a multi-volumed list of things he wants for Christmas. The malls are crowded. The internet is humming today as people shop online during their 'breaks' at work. It's the most over-marketed time of the year again.

Ok, that last line might have been a bit much. Goodness knows I love holiday shopping and parties too. But that doesn't change the fact that we can loose sight of what Christmas is really about.

This passage from Jeremiah listed above really touched me this morning. When we consider the time of year, and some of the specific happenings this year, Occupy protests, civil disobedience, productions of excessive wealth, a time when people can't afford to be sick - literally...its very humbling to consided the word understanding and knowing the Lord as He is, we delight him.

Isn't that the point of all those wrapped gifts that will soon populate the bottom of our decorated trees? To delight the receiver? Let's face it, that box of socks and underwear a child receives, not matter how desperately needed, isn't the one he or she talks about back at school. They talk about the gift that brought delight. Not just children, either.

As holiday plans come together over the next few weeks, I encourage all of us to consider how we might please our Lord. Loving mercy, doing justly and walking humbly with God are our basic requirements (Micah 6:8). We talk alot about how we can delight ourselves in the Lord, but how can we delight Him? By putting Jesus at the top of our gift giving list this year. Afterall, its only fair. He gave everything for you and me.

Isaiah 1:11
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

Matthew 17:5
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Hear Jesus. That's what the Father wants for Christmas. That's how to delight Him.

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