Delight in the Savior King

Meditating on Psalm 149.

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation. (vv. 2-4)

So, the past days saw me going back to the mount where the Lord had delivered His popular sermon. For days I had tarried there, hoping to meet Him, to have the chance to fling myself at His sandalled feet and touch Him. But, He wasn’t there. I only saw rocks and patches of grass amidst the dust. And His light, His glorious light that shone upon it. The mountains echoed His eternal words and I strained to listen.

But that hadn’t been enough. So, what do I really want? Maybe to wrap my arms around my Savior. How many times had I wished that? But in praise and worship, He met me. I have failings and shortcomings, but I wormed my way toward His presence through songs that came from my hungering places. Without self-condemnation, I presented myself to Him through my humble songs of praise that were more of soulful prayers. And I felt Him. He touched me and the tears streamed down. His is the love that I crave for. Always will be.

Why do we not rejoice in the Lord? He is the source of our joy, our peace, our hope. He is our greatest love. Why do we not come to Him – in our lack, in our need, in our weakness? For the Lord takes pleasure in His people. He takes pleasure in me and in you, for He has redeemed us by His own blood. Don’t let the enemy’s lies and mocking whispers bar you from approaching the throne of grace. Delight in your Savior King for He takes pleasure in it.

Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth… (vv. 5-6)

Make all effort to discern your listlessness, your discontent, your sorrow, your emptiness. Your hunger. It maybe that your soul is parched for the living God, the precious Savior, the Lover of our souls.

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Comments

  1. elizabeth jose says:

    dear sis Rina,
    i am blessed daily to read your words.

    much prayer needed for my sister Mary Hemant, who is dealing with her husband’s adulterous life. He continues to live with the other woman without any remorse or need to repent and turn back to the marriage. Saddest part is he is a full time preacher of God’s Word. By God’s grace and immeasurable mercies, he is still being used of the Lord inspite of continuing to stay in a wrong relationship.

    So dear sister – pray much for God to bring deliverance in this matter.

    thanks
    in Christ always
    elizabeth

  2. Trudy says:

    This touches my heart with the same longings you voice here, Rina. Those “songs that came from my hungering places.” How we need His daily nourishment! Even from one second to the next.

  3. naomi says:

    Isn’t that the place every Christian should be? Longing for our Savior. He should be the longing of all our hearts.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Amen, Naomi. But sometimes, He needs to gently whisper to us to remind us. And if we’re dull of hearing, sometimes He does things to get our attention.

  4. Thanks for the reminder to tarry.

  5. Beth says:

    I, too, am learning what it means to delight and be delighted in. It’s a deeply intimate and playful kind of love. Let us rejoice, indeed. Thank you for linking with Unforced Rhythms.

    • RinaPeru says:

      True, Beth. Sometimes I call it a dance – me the redeemed and my Redeemer – that we both take pleasure in.

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