His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
in those who hope in His steadfast love. Psalm 147:10-11
This is my meditation for today. Currently I’m sitting next to my baby’s rocker, carefully tapping the keyboard with soft fingers so as not to wake her.
At this point she’s 6 weeks, but day naps still aren’t her norm yet. Who knows how long this moment will last? She’s already stirring in her slumber. I’ll thus make this post brief.
Motherhood, as many shared with me during my pregnancy, is no easy task. Despite the physical exhaustion and constant temptation to worry, I’m finding rest in the fact that the Lord does not value accomplishment as the world does.
Our society loves to praise success, in part because we are designed to recognize excellence, the most excellent Being being God Himself.
However, this tendency to esteem the star athlete and the wealthy businessman, or what is obviously impressive, can often relish in pride and overlook the most beautiful though meek blessings, like caring for a young life.Our world may overlook the humble duty of caring for a young life, but God does not. Click To Tweet
This verse, part of the lovely Psalm 147 (I highly encourage you to read the whole thing!) shows a stunning truth about our Creator.
God takes deep pleasure not in the powerful displays of His creatures, but in the creatures that humbly love Him.
He is drawn to those who revere Him, who place their trust in Him. This truth greatly shapes my perspective and attitude in raising Amariah.
I ultimately desire to treasure the Lord and depend on His strength, not my own.
I desire to share my dependent love for Jesus with her.
As long as my heart is inwardly bowed toward God, even in my weakest motherhood moments He is delighted.
The Lord is delighted in our mothering when we fear Him and love Him through it, even when it doesn’t go as planned.
I share this as an encouragement. Whatever season you’re in in life, it’s easy to fall into the tiresome track of perfectionism or to seek temporary affirmation from the world, and in turn lose heart and lose focus on what matters.
When you’re secure in Christ’s love, when you have peace in knowing He has saved you from sin and grants you eternal life, you can worship God in any circumstances and thus bring Him pleasure.
Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. Psalm 147:1