A Season of Psalms - Psalm 147:10-11
“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.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Skunks don’t like to be squeezed. A mother of eight children came home from the grocery store one day to an eerily-quiet house. As she walked into the kitchen to set down the groceries, she peered into the living room and saw five of her children sitting in a circle, doing something that she couldn’t see. As she moved closer to the group, she saw the children cuddling five of the cutest skunks you’ll ever see. Terrified, the mother screamed for her children to run. Each child picked up a skunk, hugged it to their chest, and took off running in different directions. Soon after, the children began screaming too. Needless to say, the house never smelled the same again!
In Psalm 147, the psalmist says it is good to praise the Lord, “for he is beautiful, and a song of praise is fitting.” The psalm is a reminder of the good things that God has done for His people. To summarize, He has strengthened them and provided for them. God delights in giving His people all they need, because providing and sustaining is part of His character. But as verses 10-11 tells us, His delight is also in those who fear Him, in those who place their hope in His eternal love. Fear of God cannot be equated to the terror of skunks running through an immaculate house, but as Tremper Longman III says in his commentary on Psalms, biblical fear is the “emotion that causes our knees to knock and our heads to bow.” To fear God is to acknowledge that He is Sovereign and we are servants. To fear Him means to place one’s hope in the infinite, never-failing God, rather than in our own finite strength. When our hope and confidence are rightly placed in God’s steadfast love, He will always be our God and we will always be His people. Through the highest of highest and lowest of lows, He is with us. This is why we praise Him!
Further Reading: Psalm 27; 1 Peter 3:8-17
Pray with me:
Lord, for many blessings I give You thanks with a grateful heart. In You alone will I place my whole heart and my trust. All the glory belongs to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.