Mushy Love

Psalms 149:4 

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted (humble & meek) ones with salvation. 

I have written on this verse in the past and was drawn to it again this morning during my devotional time with God. This verse first captured my attention a couple of years ago while studying and writing on the book of Ruth. In the past, I have spent considerable time studying and cross referencing it’s words and themes.  


Words Cannot Describe… 

I have always believed that being concise is an admirable quality in writing and speaking. Being concise forces one to filter the content down to its most meaningful and impactful principle(s).  

However, when it comes to this Psalm, I feel that I could write a million words about the vivid word pictures and amazing theme of this brief but awesome verse. I’ll fight the urge to pontificate and attempt to be concise. 

Have you ever read The Song of Solomon? Personally, I haven’t spent much time there. Mostly likely, you haven’t either. Today I was convicted that I’m missing out on something. My conviction wasn’t so much along the lines that I should be more romantic in my marriage. Although, I could and should apply that reality to my marriage in great abundance. I am lacking in the area of romance significantly, for sure. But that will be a post for another day. 

As it pertains to the Psalm of our study today, the Song of Solomon gives insight into the phrase, For the Lord takes pleasure in His people. The Song of Songs provides a detailed, almost monotonous, redundant account of the love, passion and pleasure of the feelings of both the husband and the bride. It is described in extreme terms with vivid symbolism. 


God Adores You!!! 

Yes, God is love. And, for God so loved the world…Yes, the nature of God is to love and there is a love that God has for His creation. But His love for HIS PEOPLE is described in words like “takes pleasure” and the Lord “delights in you”. Song of Solomon describes His love, feelings and pleasures, not for the masses within the world, but for his bride. His one and only.  

Have you ever considered yourself as God’s one and only

I love and care for many people in my life. But the love and devotion I have for my bride is completely unique. I love and care about all children, but the love I have for my children and grandchildren is completely and utterly unique. 

Psalms 149:4 (read it up above again one more time) is directed toward the nation of Israel and by extension of the New Covenant and with Jesus as our bridegroom, these words are directed toward us.  We are individuals whom the Lord loves. He beautifies us with the devotion and passion of a faithful, romantic and lovestruck groom.  

You are a ‘one and only’ to Him. It’s as if you are the only person in the world to Him. His gaze is locked on you. He doesn’t have ADD when He is with you. He doesn’t shoulder surf when talking to you in a crowded room or while sitting at dinner together. He is enamored, engaged and over the moon about you. 


A Little Sappy? Who? Me? 

I’m not exaggerating or being overly sentimental. I’m not just writing these words to make you glow and feel good. Yes, I am being a little sappy, but more importantly, I’m being biblical. I spent an extended time this morning studying this verse and cross referencing a dozen supporting passages throughout the Bible.  

My conclusion is this: GOD TAKES PLEASURE in His people. GOD TAKES PLEASURE in you individually, if you are His own.  

His love for you is romantic, passionate, oozing, gushing love and pleasure. His pleasure is not based on His feelings toward us because of what we do. It’s not generated as a result of our actions. We don’t deserve the level and volume of love that God has for us. 


Why Does He Love Me? 

His pleasure toward us is because…simply because we are the object of His affections. Period. He makes us beautiful. He beautifies us through salvation. It’s not our actions. It’s His grace. He chooses to love us in this way because we are the objects and recipients of His love.  

You have one responsibility in this relationship. Accept His love. And Love Him back. Love Him back with your entire being. Speak to Him in terms of love and adoration and affection. May all your words and actions be from a simple and sincere heart of love for your God. 

Brother Lawrence, in Practicing the Presence of God, said it this way

We ought to stop for a short moment, as frequently as we can, to adore God deep within our hearts and take pleasure in Him. 

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation. 

Who can comprehend such things? Unfathomable! All we can do is thank Him; praise Him; love Him in return … to the best of our feeble ability. That’s all we can do…and that’s enough. May you rest in His love today. Amen!