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God delights in you

November 6, 2017

Ephesians 1-9

We begin the day with the Verse of the Day for November 6, 2017 found in Ephesians 1:9-10 in the New King James Version

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.

The New Living Translation renders the passage this way:

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.

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?

Bible teacher, John Piper, examines the phrase “good pleasure “and notes it is a verb in Greek: “to be a pleasure” or “to be pleased by.” You could translate it: “it pleased God,” or, “God chose it gladly.” One of the best places to see the meaning of the expression is in Philippians where the noun form of the word is contrasted with its opposite:

Philippians 2:13 (Amplified):

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

The New Living Translation says this:

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

In response we ask, “What delights God? What brings Him pleasure? What is His good pleasure?”

In Psalm 149:4 (Amplified) 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.

Ephesians 1:5 also makes reference to “the good pleasure of His will” which is the title of the following piece using that verse as its introduction or epigraph:

The Good Pleasure of His Will

Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Ephesians 1:5 [NKJV]

 

“The safest place in the whole wide world

 is the perfect will of God.”

Contemporary Christian Song

 

God makes all things new in yet another new season,

In this place where our divine destinies intersect.

As we finish the work, what we lack, He will perfect,

Far beyond anything our mortal minds can reason.

To abide in God’s perfect will Jesus led the way.

In the garden, he said, not my will but yours be done,

Praying that as he and the Father, so might we be one

To reverse the curse of Adam who chose to disobey.

God’s desire is that we know joy without measure.

In fulfilling God’s will His presence is ever near.

Signs, wonders, and miracles happen when we are here

Where we prove His perfect will and know His good pleasure.

The will of God is a safe haven where we can hide:

In the good pleasure of His will we long to abide

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 fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

Sovereign Grace Music reminds us “God Delights in You”

What is God’s good pleasure?

November 6, 2016

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”

The mystery of His will

November 6, 2015

Ephesians 1-9The Verse of the Day for November 6, 2015 comes from Ephesians 1:9-10 in the New Living Translation:

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. 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.

In a blog entry posted a year ago, I commented on this passage from Ephesians 1:9-10 in the King James Version which used the expression “the mystery of his will,” a phrase relating to the “will of God,” a place where, as believers, we all desire to abide:

Ephesians 1:9-10 (KJV):

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind another related verse that speaks of the “knowledge of His will.” In order to do or accomplish the will of God, we must know what it is. Colossians 1:9 expresses God’s desire for His people in the opening section of a prayer:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

As I began to consider deeply these verses that emphasize “The Will of God,” I thought of a particular poem inspired in part by Ephesians 1:9

The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and

knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,

according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:9

Though we seek to plummet the depths of God’s wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore, as He unfolds the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where God freely pours out His spirit upon all flesh.

As mysteries unfold, we see just how vast they are.

We draw even closer that He might bless and refresh,

As we know Him intimately, not from afar.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore afresh the mystery of His will.

When I located this poem, I noticed the date on which it was originally written: November 6, 2009. When I included the poem in my entry a year ago, I did not notice the date. The phrase from the New Living Translation also comes to mind: “. . . at the right time. . .” I smiled as I noticed this providential intersection of time.

As we endeavor to find and to do the will of God, we may encounter situations that we do not fully understand, but God is not trying to conceal His will. Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us this truth:

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Indeed, it is God’s good pleasure to make known His will to those who diligently seek to find it.

“The Fullness of Time,” the musical composition performed by Bukas Palad is based on a phrase used in Ephesians 1:9:

Mystery of His will

November 6, 2014

Ephesians 1-9

The Verse of the Day for November 6, 2014 relates to the “will of God,” a place where, as believers, we all desire to abide:

Ephesians 1:9-10 (KJV):

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind another related verse that speaks of the “knowledge of His will.” In order to do or accomplish the will of God, we must know what it is. Colossians 1:9 expresses God’s desire for His people in the opening section of a prayer:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

As I began to consider deeply these verses that emphasize “The Will of God,” I thought of a particular poem inspired in part by Ephesians 1:9:

The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and

knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,  

according to his good pleasure

which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:9

Though we seek to plummet the depths of Your wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore as you unfold the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where You freely pour out Your spirit upon all flesh.

As Your will unfolds, we too see just how vast You are.

We draw even closer that You might bless and refresh,

As we know You intimately, not from afar.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore afresh the mystery of His will.

As we endeavor to find and to do the will of God, we may encounter situations that we do not fully understand, but God is not trying to conceal His will. Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us this truth:

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Indeed, it is God’s good pleasure to make known His will to those who diligently seek to find it.