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"" God Delights in You. " - by David Wilkerson."

 

God Delights in You !
by David Wilkerson

October 11, 2010

"He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many
waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them
which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They
prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my
stay. He brought me forth also into a large place; he
delivered me, because he delighted in me" (Psalm 18:16-19,
my italics).

In this psalm, David was looking back after a great
deliverance. He was rejoicing because the Lord had rescued
him from his enemies. Saul had put a bounty on his head and
chased him relentlessly, forcing David to sleep in caves,
dens and open fields.

David said of that dark time, "The sorrows of hell
surrounded me, and I lived in distress. Ungodly men made me
afraid. They all hated me." But God came roaring out of the
heavens to deliver David: "He bowed the heavens also, and
came down... The Lord also thundered in the heavens... He
delivered me from my strong enemy" (18:9, 13, 17).

The enemy had come in like a flood. Yet David was able to
say, "God came roaring forth to pull me out of the swirling
waters. He rescued me from all my troubles!"

The Holy Spirit gave David
a revelation that is the key
to all deliverance.

David could say, "The reason God delivered me from all my
enemies from all my sorrows and the powers of hell is
because I am precious to him. My God delights in me!" "He
brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me,
because he delighted in me" (Psalm 18:19).

Do you need deliverance? From lust, a temptation or trial?
> From a problem that's mental, spiritual, emotional or
physical? The key to your victory is in this verse. God
delights in you. You are precious to him!

In Song of Solomon, the Lord says of his bride: "How fair
and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!" (Song of
Solomon 7:6). Three of the Hebrew words in this verse are
synonymous: fair, meaning, "precious"; pleasant, indicating
"pleasure"; and delights.

These words describe Jesus' thoughts toward his bride as he
beholds her. He looks at her and says, "How beautiful, sweet
and delightful you are. You are precious to me, O love." In
turn, the bride boasts, "I am my beloved's, and his desire
is toward me" (7:10). The meaning here is, "He runs after me
with delight. He chases me because I am so precious to him."

These same thoughts are found throughout the Psalms: "The
Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that
hope in his mercy" (Psalm 147:11). "The Lord taketh pleasure
in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation"
(149:4).

I can try to convince you of God's delight in you by telling
you, "You are precious to the Lord." Yet you may think,
"That's sweet. But it's only a lovely thought."

No, this truth is much more than a lovely thought. It is the
very key to your deliverance from every battle that rages in
your soul. It is the secret to entering into the rest God
has promised you. Until you lay hold of it until it
becomes a foundation of truth in your heart you won't be
able to withstand the trials of life.

Isaiah had a revelation of God's great delight in us. He
prophesied, "O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I
have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou
passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through
the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest
through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall
the flame kindle upon thee" (Isaiah 43:1-2).

Isaiah wasn't talking about a literal flood or fire. He was
talking about what people go through spiritually and
mentally. Israel was in captivity at the time; their floods
were trials, their fires were temptations, their rivers were
testings. These were all Satan's attempts to destroy and
overwhelm God's people.

Isaiah's words were a message of pure mercy to Israel.

The people were in captivity because of their own stupidity
and foolishness. But God sent them a brokenhearted prophet
who said, "God wants me to tell you that you belong to him."

Right now, you may be in the midst of your own swirling
waters. You may feel overwhelmed by a trial or temptation
that threatens to consume you.

You've got to understand from these biblical examples that
the Lord does not always calm the waters. He doesn't always
keep the floods from coming or put out the fires. Yet he
does promise this: "I will walk with you through it all.
This trial or circumstance will not destroy you. It won't
consume you. So, walk on. You'll come out on the other side
with me beside you."

That was all the three Hebrew children needed to hear. When
they were thrown into the fiery furnace, a fourth man was
there with them: Jesus. They didn't get burned. In fact,
their clothes and hair didn't even smell of smoke. That's
the kind of deliverance God wants to bring you in your
spiritual valley.

What is God's motivation for wanting to deliver you? Is it
because you have done something to appease him? Have you
increased your prayer time? Do you spend more hours reading
Scripture? All this is good. But Isaiah had the true
revelation: "Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast
been honourable, and I have loved thee... Fear not: for I am
with thee" (Isaiah 43:4-5).

God was saying to Israel, "You're about to go through fires
and floods. But don't worry, I'll walk with you through them
all. And I'll deliver you in the end simply because you're
mine. I know you by name. And you are a delight to my
heart."

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any
man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Even if you lived to be 500 years old, you wouldn't live
long enough to please God by your own doings.

It doesn't matter how hard you may try to clean yourself up.
Your flesh isn't accepted before God; it can't even be
reformed. All flesh was done away with at the cross. Now a
new man has come forth: the Christ man. True faith is having
confidence in what he has done for you.

You may say, "Oh, I can believe that God delights in
faithful pastors. They pray and spend so much time in his
Word. I can believe that elders are precious to him. They've
endured sufferings, testings and trials, and they've come
out victorious.

"But I find it hard to believe that a troubled, failing
Christian like me could be precious to God. He has to be
disgusted with me because my life is so up-and-down. I've
got problems I can't seem to get through. I believe he still
loves me, but surely he is disappointed in me."

Please understand: Isaiah's wonderful prophecy of grace was
spoken to a people who had been robbed, spoiled, snared and
cast into prison all because of their own foolishness and
unbelief. It was at that point God said to them, "Now
after all your failures I come to you with this message of
hope. And it's all because you're mine."

I will never forget the pain I endured when one of my
teenage children came to me and confessed, "Dad, I've never
once felt as if I've pleased you. I've never felt worthy of
your love. I feel like I've let you down my whole life. You
must be really disappointed in me."

No words ever hurt me more. I asked myself what I might have
done to make my child feel that way. Then, hurting deeply
inside myself, I embraced my tearful young one. I thought,
"How wrong! I've shown this child my love. I've spoken it
and demonstrated it time after time. All my other children
feel secure in my love. How could this child carry such a
misconception for so long and bear such unnecessary misery
and guilt?"

I told my beloved child, "You've always been special to me.
Why, you've been the apple of my eye! I think of you and my
whole being lights up. Sure, you've done foolish things at
times, but so have your brothers and sisters. And you were
forgiven. You were truly sorry, and I never once thought
less of you. You're nothing but a joy to me. You've made me
happy all your lifetime. You've been a delight to my heart!"

So it is with many Christians
in their relationship with the
heavenly Father.

The devil has convinced these believers they've only
disappointed God and will never please him. So they simply
don't accept God's love. Instead, they live as if his wrath
is always breathing down on them. What a horrible way to go
through life! And how pained God is when he sees his
children living this way.

Perhaps you were raised in an un-loving, uncaring family.
Maybe your mother or father or siblings made you feel as if
you weren't worth anything. You never felt special or
precious to anybody. No one ever put his arms around you and
said, "I love you. You're special to me. I'm so proud of
you!"

How many children have grown up wanting to be special to
their father or mother? And how many adults today struggle
with perfectionism because they never felt precious or
delightful to a parent?

Over the years I've been moved to tears at the sad childhood
stories of drug-addicted men and women. Many have told me
their mother or father taunted them, yelling, "You're good
for nothing! You'll never amount to anything the rest of
your life." They grew up feeling absolutely worthless, as if
they meant nothing to anyone.

Today, our streets are filled with run-away children who
have been robbed of all sense of worthiness. They feel
special to no one. So they give themselves to the first
person on the street who makes them feel a little special.
They offer their bodies to pimps, lust-driven men and women,
other teenagers anyone who makes them think they're worth
something.

Oh, thank God for Jesus! To him, you have always been
precious. It doesn't matter what kind of home life you had
or what your earthly parents were like. None of that can
ever compare to the love of your heavenly Father. From the
day you were born you've been special to him!

"The adulteress will hunt for the precious life" (Proverbs
6:26).

The adulteress spoken of in this verse is Satan. And he
hunts down those who are precious to God. The Bible gives us
a vivid illustration of this, in Numbers 13-14. Israel had
sent twelve spies to search out the Promised Land. When the
spies returned after forty days, ten of them planted three
lies in the hearts of God's people:

1. "There are too many people in the land. They're too
strong for us."

2. "The cities are walled too high. The strongholds are
impregnable."

3. "There are giants in the land, and we're no match for
them. We're helpless, finished."

These lies took the heart right out of Israel. Scripture
says the people endured a night of despair: "All the
congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the
people wept that night" (Numbers 14:1). More than 2 million
people were weeping, wailing, moaning focused completely
on their weaknesses and inabilities. Their wails of unbelief
bombarded heaven.

Beloved, the devil throws the same three lies at God's
people today: "Your trials are too numerous. Your
temptations are too overwhelming. You are too weak to resist
the power coming against you."

Take a good, hard look at that scene. Do you see yourself in
the midst of it? Have you ever spent a night like that one
wailing because of demonic lies planted in your spirit? Have
you ever cried out, "I've had it. I can't take any more!
These strongholds in me will never come down. It's all over
for me. I've lost the battle."

The Word that God spoke to Israel is for us today also: "Ye
shall be a special treasure unto me above all people: for
all the earth is mine" (Exodus 19:5). "Thou art an holy
people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee
to be a peculiar [precious, special] people unto himself,
above all the nations that are upon the earth" (Deuteronomy
14:2).

I'm sure Israel felt precious and special to the Lord when
he first saved them. After he delivered them from bondage in
Egypt, opened the Red Sea and rescued them from Pharaoh's
army, they must have said, "Look at the great miracles God
performed on our behalf. He really loves us!"

Most Christians today would say the same thing about their
Savior and Lord: "Oh, yes, God saved me from sin. Look at
everything he delivered me from. I must be special to him!"

My question is: What happened? In just a few years, many
Christians become like ancient Israel. All the problems and
trials of life come upon them, and they think, "We once were
precious in God's eyes enough to be saved, that is. But
now, after serving him these years, we're only grasshoppers.
We're meat for our enemies."

Such defeated believers no longer sense God's delight in
them. In fact, many believe God has forsaken them. When
Israel said, "We are grasshoppers in the eyes of the
giants," they actually were saying, "God has treated us like
helpless insects that are about to be stomped to death. Our
enemy is going to smash us into the ground. We're no better
off than bugs."

Joshua and Caleb were of
a different spirit.

Joshua and Caleb were among that group of twelve spies who
were sent out. But unlike the others, they came back full of
hope. They didn't bemoan their condition. Instead, they
rejoiced after searching out the land. They were full of
faith and vision.

You see, Joshua and Caleb had a revelation of their
preciousness in God's eyes. They knew Israel was special to
the Lord. That was the key to their hopeful spirit. Joshua
said, "If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into
this land, and give it to us" (Numbers 14:8). In other
words: "Because he delights in us, the land is as good as
ours already."

This is the same revelation David had: "He brought me out
and delivered me because he delighted in me!" Like-wise,
every victorious Christian today has this same revelation of
their loving heavenly Father: "We can't fail. All our
enemies are meat for us, because we're precious to the
Lord!"

Here is the great mercy of God in the preaching of Joshua
and Caleb. Israel had spent the night in rebellion,
wallowing in unbelief, weeping as though God had forsaken
them. Finally, they appointed a captain to lead them back to
Egypt. But the Lord sent them Joshua and Caleb, who told
them, "In spite of your night of confusion, your moaning and
complaining, God delights in you. He will lead you forward.
Fear not, for you are precious to him!"

Yet there is a warning here also. Israel refused to believe
God's message about how precious they were in his eyes. They
preferred to focus on their condition their weaknesses and
inabilities. They gave in to their fears.

Finally, God ran out of patience with them. He said to
Israel: "How long will this people provoke me? And how long
will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I
have shewed among them? I will...disinherit them" (Numbers
14:11-12).

The Lord forgave Israel for Moses' sake. But they weren't
permitted to enter into the land. Instead, they were
assigned a wilderness existence, a life given over to
constant fear and destructive doubts. In short, they were
being saved and forgiven but remained miserable. They had
lost the hope, rest and peace that come from accepting how
special God's children are to him.

The only time God's patience runs out with us today is when
we refuse again and again to accept how much he loves us.
Many Christians today have been turned back into a
wilderness of their own making. They have no joy, no
victory. To look at them, you'd think God had forsaken them
years ago. No he has simply turned them over to their own
complaining and murmuring.

Thank God, Joshua and Caleb entered into the Promised Land.
And they stood as green trees in his house until their dying
days. They were men of power and vision, because they knew
they were precious to God.

You also are precious to the Lord, in spite of your problems
and failures. You can be a green tree in God's house, just
as Joshua and Caleb were. Simply stand on what his Word
promises: "He brought me forth also into a large place; he
delivered me, because he delighted in me" (Psalm 18:16-19).
That is the foundation of true faith!

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