A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him–the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD–and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:1-3
God had promised David that he would have a son on the throne of Israel forever. At the time of Isaiah, the nation had been split and was about to be destroyed. It did not look like there would be anyone to sit on that throne.
In this passage, Isaiah gives a prophecy about one, who was from the lineage of David (Jesse was David’s father), who would sit on the throne again. This one would have God’s Spirit resting on him, giving him wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, and knowledge of God. He would delight in fearing God–following and obeying God. The one to come was Jesus.
As Jesus walked on this earth, all of these things described Him very well. The people saw that He was one who delighted in God. Jesus became the root for those who would come after Him.
One of the things that Jesus said was that He was the vine and you are the branches. Jesus is the original branch, and you are to be like Him.
This means that everything that Jesus has, you can also have. You are attached to Him and are nourished by Him. When Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit to be upon you, just as He was on Him.
Having God’s Holy Spirit on you gives you wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, and knowledge of God, just as it gave all those things to Jesus.
Do not rest your wisdom, understanding, counsel, power and knowledge on yourself, or in that of other people. Look to God’s Holy Spirit to guide you. God is with you and wants you to be just like Jesus. Jesus was the perfect example of how to live a life for God.
How are you living your life today?
Are you living it in the ways of this world, under your own power?
Or are you living and walking in the Spirit of God?
I pray today that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will trust in God’s counsel; that others will see God’s Spirit in your life; and that you will delight in serving and obeying God.
His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, or his delight in the legs of the warrior; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:10-11
The world likes to look at what a wealthy or successful person has and admire it. They consider how large the house is, what type of car they drive, how big of a paycheck is made, the position a person has at work or in the community, and many other things. Things like this is what people delight in either seeing or having themselves.
Power is the other thing that people like to look at and admire. Men love to admire a car that has a lot of power. People often crowd around a person who has high authority or influence in a community. Those who have a great ability in some field are often sought out by others trying to learn how to have that same ability.
God does not look at those things and find the same great delight that man does. Seeing someone in high position or very successful does not excite the Lord at all. God already owns everything, so having it means very little to Him. He also has absolute power, so power and position mean nothing.
He finds great delight in those who fear and trust Him. God already has the ability to do anything and everything needed. He gets excited when a person will trust Him to do what is needed for him every time and all the time.
God’s love for you is perfect and unfailing. God will not and cannot do anything that is not for your benefit. The real challenge is do your really believe that?
If you really believe that God does every thing He does for your benefit, then you must stop trusting in this world and the things of this world. Put all of your trust in God and Him alone.
Allow God to lead you in the path you are to take. Trust that His love is so great that you will not be harmed. You may get harmed physically, but your spirit will live for eternity with God.
Where is your hope today?
Is it in the things of this world?
Or in God’s unfailing love?
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will trust God’s love for you; that you know God delights in you following Him; and that you will not trust the things of this world.
Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:2
Over the centuries there have been many different great thinkers or philosophers. Some of the known names are: Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Confucius, John McDowell, and Judith Butler. Some are ancient and some are modern. One thing common in each of them is that they each look at life and ponder or think about what the meaning of it is.
Not every person thinks very deeply about the meaning of things in life all the time, but every person does think about at times. This especially occurs when things are not going very well, when life throws them a curveball and makes it very difficult. People wonder why there is death and sickness, pain and suffering. The reasons that people give for answers to these questions are of a great variety.
Scientists are trying to figure out why there is life on this planet and how it all began. Philosophers are trying to figure out what all this life really means.
In searching for answers to these questions, the answer can only be found in God. He is the one who started everything and He is the one who can bring it to an end.
Those who believe in God can look at all the works of God and be amazed. The works of God are all the things He has created on this earth and His work in the lives of men and women around the world.
Just take a moment and think about all the things God has done for you. He has provided air to breath, ability to think, move and talk, the beauty of trees, animals, sunrises and sunsets, food and water, and much more. Along with these things He has given you His presence, being by your side at all times.
The ultimate works that He has done is giving you forgiveness and salvation.
Take time to ponder all these things and be delighted in what God has done in and for you.
It will take you all of eternity to think about all the things God has already done for you, if you will just take the time to list everything. The list is too enormous to ever fully finish.
What are you pondering about?
What gives you great delight to think about?
I pray today that you will see the things God has done; that you will think about what God has done and is doing; that you will take delight in God’s work; and that you will give God praise for His great works.
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. Psalm 1:2
The book of Psalms opens up stating who the blessed person is. That person is one who has great joy in studying and knowing God’s Word. He thinks about it all the time.
People find enjoyment in a lot of different things. Some find it in their career, they enjoy what they do and look forward to doing it each day. Others find it in things that they have, such as a special car, or house. Many find their enjoyment in different hobbies, such as sports, sewing, crafts, hunting, fishing, journaling, and the list goes on. A few find their joy in their family and their children.
Although there is nothing wrong with any of these enjoyments, all of them have one thing in common. All of these things are temporary. They are only here for a while on this earth. They will not last eternity or follow someone after death.
The Law is a part of God’s Word. John wrote that the Word was God from the beginning.
In order for a person to get to know God, he must be willing to know His Word. The Bible is God’s method to tell people who He is and what He wants.
During the time the Psalms was written, the Word/Bible consisted of the Law. A believer in God had to know the law very well in order to know God.
After Jesus died, rose again and went into heaven, God allowed His Word to expand. The Bible now tells the rest of the story of God’s plan for all people.
As a believer, you must have a desire to know God. Your life should be focused first on knowing God as well as you can. This comes from knowing His Word.
Do you find enjoyment in reading the Bible? Or is it a drudgery, something you have to do? Or do you even open the Bible?
Many do not read the Bible at all. Then they wonder why they have no joy in their life. Read the Bible. Think about what it says at all times. Do not just read it, but apply it to your life.
In the Bible you will find life. Make it the delight of your life.
I pray today that God will make His Word come alive in your life; that you will find joy in studying His Word; that you will remember what is in the Bible; and that you will apply what you learn in your life.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
As Paul is finishing out his letter to the Philippian church he gives some final words of encouragement and direction. The first is to rejoice in the Lord. He felt this was so important that he repeats it again.
The word rejoice means to take delight in, or thrive on. It is to find excitement in something.
The world takes great delight in things of this world. Things that sell show what people take delight in. Murder, killing, sex, violence, and greed all sell. Put one of those things in or on something and it is almost guaranteed to be a success in the world. These things, however, are things of this world and go against God in every way.
Every believer is to focus their whole life on Jesus. They are to seek what He seeks, want what He wants, and do what He does.
What does He want? What makes Jesus excited?
His whole purpose in coming to the earth was to save every person from their sins and bring them back to a loving relationship with God. Jesus works at making you and every other believer more like Himself to have the same relationship with the Father as He has.
Does it bring you joy and excitement to talk about Jesus? Do you find joy in reading and studying the Bible? Do you desire to spend time in prayer with Jesus?
These are things that show that you are delighting yourself in Jesus. That delight is your rejoicing in the Lord. This cannot be emphasized enough. The twenty-four elders in heaven are sitting and rejoicing in the Lord day and night.
What brings you excitement in your life? Everything good that happens must be looked at as a gift from God, a blessing from Him. Rejoice in the Lord today. Rejoice in the Lord always! As Paul said it: I will say it again: REJOICE!.
I pray today that you will know the joy of knowing Jesus; that you will delight yourself in Him; that your life will be focused on Jesus; that you will find satisfaction and fulfillment in Jesus; and that you will rejoice in the Lord always.
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.” Matthew 12:18
Matthew talks about how Jesus was going around healing many people. Then he quotes from Isaiah 42 the verses talking about Jesus.
Through Isaiah, God talks about Jesus. Jesus is called God’s servant whom God had chosen Himself. God stated that He would place His Spirit upon Him. The job Jesus would do, would be to proclaim justice to the nations.
Today people do not often think in terms of masters and servants. It is now boss and worker or employer and employee.
God, in a sense, is the boss of Jesus, while Jesus is the worker. God was very pleased in Jesus.
What makes a boss pleased with a worker? It is when the worker does the work required and does it with very little to no supervision.
Many times in the workplace, workers work really great while the boss is standing next to them. As soon a the boss walks away, the workers slack off and start to play. Good bosses know how good a worker is really working. They have a good idea of what is going on when they are gone. The results of the job will show for how they work.
Jesus is a reliable worker. God the Father could walk away and do something else knowing Jesus would do what He was supposed to do, regardless of how unpleasant the job would be.
How does this apply to you today? When you gave your life to Jesus, you also became a servant of God. You are now His worker.
Even though this verse is specifically about Jesus, could God say the same thing about you–that He has chosen you, takes delight in you and loves you. God has given you His Holy Spirit to lead and guide you. Every believer is supposed to live just like Jesus. Jesus set the example that you are to follow.
Are you doing God’s work, even when it is unpleasant? When God does not seem to be around?
When Jesus returns or life ends for you here on earth and you stand before God, will God be able to say “Well done good and faithful servant, come on in”?
I pray that you will be faithful in what God has given you to do; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that you will allow yourself to be led by the Holy Spirit; that God will be able to take great delight in you; and that God will use you to build His kingdom today.