What is God’s good pleasure?

Ephesians 1-9

Today, November 6, 2016, we return to the Verse of the Day which is found in Ephesians 1:9-10 in the New Living Translation:

God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.

The New King James Version renders the passage this way:

having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.

Here we learn that God has made known unto us, as believers, “his mysterious will” or “the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure.” In a previous blog post, we examined the intriguing phrase “His good pleasure” and asked “What is God’s good pleasure? What brings God delight?

In Psalm 149:4 (AMP) we find this declaration:

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation and adorn the wretched with victory.

In the New Testament we find additional references to God’s good pleasure in Philippians 2:13 (NKJV)

13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Our discussion also brings to mind the lyrics to a song regarding the pleasures of God, in terms of an inquiry as to what pleases Him:

 

What Is Your Pleasure?

What is your pleasure?  What shall we bring?

What do you desire as an offering?

What shall we give you? What will suffice?

What shall we offer as a perfect sacrifice?

 

Tell us your desires: what do you say?

Your only desire is that we learn to obey.

You desire truth in the inward parts:

Our broken spirits, our broken and contrite hearts.

 

This is your pleasure.  This will we bring.

We give you our lives as an offering.

You have purchased us: You have paid the price.

We are your offering: a living sacrifice.

We are your offering: a living sacrifice.

 

Teach us to follow you; teach us your way.

Teach us to listen and quickly obey.

We long to please you and see you smile.

May a heart of worship be our lifestyle.

May a heart of worship be our lifestyle.

 

We conclude with 2 Thessalonians 1:11 (KJV):

Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

 

Sovereign Grace Music reminds us that “God Delights in You”

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One Response to “What is God’s good pleasure?”

  1. Brenda Johnson Says:

    Thank you!

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