The Lord’s Delight.

Ron Bouchard

“[The Lord] does not delight in the strength of a horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord favors those who fear Him, those who wait for His lovingkindness.” Psalm 147:10,11

I was driving home from the city the other day. I enjoy taking the ‘back way’ rather than the expressway. This road runs along a beautiful valley with large open fields that contain many stately, ancient black oak trees. Late in the day the golden light glances across the fields and through the wide branches of the trees. It is the kind of beauty you never get tired of seeing. Along this road are many horse farms with handsome animals grazing in the fenced in fields. It is a delight to me to be a quiet witness to the beauty of God’s creation along this country road.

Well, as I was driving, all of a sudden, up ahead of me I saw two cars and a truck flash their brake lights. Out from one of these fields two majestic chestnut colored horses came galloping together through an open gate, right across the road in front of us! It was beautiful to see, but alarming as well. They ended up standing next to where my truck had stopped, right in someones front yard. They glanced around a bit, and their hooves lifted up and down uncertainly as if not knowing what to do next. Their beautiful heads rose and fell and you could tell they were not sure what to do with their ‘ freedom’.

Why am I telling you this little story? Because when I opened my Bible this morning, I opened randomly to the above verses! So, I concluded that God has something to say to me.

I believe the Lord is saying to me (and to you) that what I delight in is not the same thing He delights in. I delight in the beauty of His creation, in the strength of the horse and the glory of the fields and trees, because they speak to me of my Creator. But, God delights in something very different. He delights in people who reverence Him, seek Him, and love Him. He delights in those who trust Him enough to wait for His lovingkindness through dark times, hard times and times of failure. He delights in people that find their confidence in His love and not in their circumstances. He finds His pleasure in those children of His that do not falter into unbelief, even when everything is seemingly going against them, because they know their safety resides in the eternal care that their heavenly Father has towards them.

God’s children know that, in the end:

“All things work together for good for those who love God, those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

. . . The good as well as the bad. Whether we are safely shut in the field, or galloping down a dangerous road, Our God will do what is best for us . . .

Have Faith My Friends! Ron

Ron Bouchard

20 thoughts on “The Lord’s Delight.

      1. You know…I actually have a list of bloggers (in my head) who would love a wilderness canoe trip. I might have to change my name afterwards for all the blogs that would come out of it. Can you imagine a group of writers sitting around the campfire each night sharing insights? I would make them leave the laptops and phones at home…daily journal only. limit the group to 8 of us. 6 days, 35 portages and lakes, different campsite every night. 60 mile trip by canoe. $300 each and I supply the food and equipment..who is in?? (someday maybe??) now you got me going!!

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          1. YA, back surgery and sitting for hours in a canoe would not mix (or sleeping on rocky ground in a tent). Even slapping mosquitoes in places you didn’t know you had places might hurt. Sorry. The idea of getting bloggers together of like minds is worth considering though.

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          1. It really would be a worthwhile endeavor. I know that travel writers do this naturally (and it’s expensive) but throwing 8 high powered writers into 4 canoes with no turning back might just red line the exciting meter. I will actually think on it and look for a good starting point.

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