Psalm 147:11 says,
The Lord is pleased with those who respect him, with those who trust His love.
This post will concentrate on the ending of the verse: "God is pleased with those who trust in His love." I find this verse to be quite beautiful, profound and freeing. What does this love that He asks us to trust in look like? For starters:
- Christ died for us because He first Loved US (I John 4:19)
- For God so LOVED the world that he gave His one and only Son (John 3:16)
- HIS LOVE is patient, kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not self-seeking, it keeps no record of wrong, it always hopes, trust and perseveres. (I Corinthians 13:4-7)
- God is slow to anger and abounding in LOVE (Exodus 34:6)
So to please the Lord we have to trust in His incredible love. Here are verses, just from the Psalms, which share the blessings that God has for us when we trust in Him:
Those who know the Lord trust him, because He will not leave those who come to Him.
He is a shield to those who trust Him.
I trust Him, and He helps me.
The Lord's love surrounds those who trust Him.
No one who trusts Him will be judged guilty.
Depend on the Lord; trust Him, and He will take care of you.
Those who trust the Lord will inherit the land.
They won't be afraid of bad news; their hearts are steady because they trust the Lord.
Those who trust the Lord are like Mount Zion, which sits unmoved forever.
Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. In order to please Him, we get to trust in His incredible LOVE. And then as an added bonus, God throws in an abundance of blessings when we trust in Him: we will not be moved, we can stand confident, He will be our shield, protector and helper.
Beloved, whether we acknowledge it or not we do place our trust in something everyday. May this be what we choose to say everyday:
Some trust in chariots, others in horses, but we trust the Lord our God.