I wanted to share a devotion from one of my favorite writers and preachers of all times…Charles Spurgeon. If you have never read any of his works, I highly encourage you to read some of his sermons; they will bring your heart to the throne of God. This morning, I read this and it literally brought me to tears, the words of Spurgeon were so timely in my life and in my heart and I pray that they will be the same for you!!
I will rejoice in doing them good.”
How heartwarming to the believer is the delight that God takes in His saints! We cannot see any reason in ourselves why the Lord should take pleasure in us; we do not even take delight in ourselves, for we often have to groan, being burdened, conscious of our sinfulness and deploring our unfaithfulness. We are fearful that God’s people cannot take much encouragement from us, for they surely can see our many imperfections and our follies, and so be caused to lament our infirmities rather than admire our graces. But we love to dwell upon this transcendent truth, this glorious mystery: As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so the Lord rejoices over us. We do not read anywhere that God delights in the cloud-capped mountains or the sparkling stars, but we do read that He delights in the habitable parts of the earth, and that His delights are with the sons of men. We do not even find it written that angels gave His soul delight; no does He say, concerning cherubim and seraphim, “Thou shalt be called Hephzibah…for the LORD delighted in thee.” But He does say that to poor fallen creatures like ourselves – debased and depraved by sin, but saved, exalted, and glorified by His grace. In what strong language He expresses His delight in His people! Who could have conceived of the Eternal One bursting into a song? Yet it is written, “He will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17). As He looked upon the world He had made, He said, “It is very good”; but when He looked on those who are the purchased of Jesus’ blood, His own chosen ones, it seemed as if the great heart of the Infinite could restrain itself no longer but overflowed in divine exclamations of joy. Should we not utter our grateful response to such a marvelous declaration of His love and sing, “I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation?”