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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Touched by Delight"

Date published: 02/09/2015
                                    
Psalm 149:4 “For the LORD takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with salvation.” (NIV)

   Christians talk about salvation in terms of knowing Christ, spending eternity with Christ, and having eternal life, but seldom do we talk about a salvation that takes us into a victorious sanctified life (salvation) as this verse does. On the opposite end of this verse, you see how the Lord delights in you when you live humbly. Spend some time envisioning the Lord delighting in you. Does the picture of God delighting in you cause excitement and joy at the very thought that your Lord delights in you? If the sheer thought of the God of the universe, Creator of heaven and earth delighting in you does not rouse your enthusiasm, then nothing else in your Christian walk will. Now jump back to the end of the verse and see how salvation (victory) results from your humility. Salvation here is experiencing God’s full manifest presence and work in your life. What does experiencing more of Jesus do to you? It should drive you more into His arms as He delights in you that much more. How awesome is that! As you experience this circular work of God, you move into greater exhilaration and desire for Him that produces not only humility, but also the full character of God. Apart from Jesus, you have no good work, but as you become lost in the delight of the Lord, a salvation occurs that sanctifies you with greater humility and love for God.  Isaiah 66:2 shows God’s delight in another way, "This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at My word.” (NIV) Are you getting a little more excited about the thought of God not only delighting in you, but that God also esteems you? The mere thought of God feeling this way about you ought to propel you to greater devotion as well as the lifestyle described by Paul in Philippians 2:4 that points to Jesus and not self, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (NIV) It is out of your devotion to love Jesus more that humility grows in your life; as humility grows, your life brings even greater delight to Jesus, thus bringing you full circle to having your life more enlivened to Jesus.  

Isaiah 57:15 “For this is what the high and lofty One says — He who lives forever, whose Name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.’” (NIV) 

Do you know someone who needs this message on humility and relationship with God? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ.

Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help you grow in relationship and humility: “Deeper With God” and “Satisfaction.” 

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