Mutual Pleasure

  1. “Assemble the godly.” That sounds like a wonderful idea. I would love to be an assembly of the godly. Not that there aren’t godly people at the church I attend, but it isn’t exactly a place where everyone’s thoughts were only towards God. When people show up in their jerseys because it’s game day, I feel squeamish about it.
  2. We are to be glad in our Maker.
  3. Are you glad for your Maker? Do you acknowledge He made all things well, that He made you perfectly? Don’t knock anything about how God made you. He made you perfectly. He does all things well.
  4. We take pleasure in the presence of our God, but He also takes pleasure in us. “For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.”
  5. We can be near for salvation and for our mutual pleasure if we are humble before Him.
  6. To be humble means to be turning to Him instead of looking to ourselves. It’s recognizing our nothingness and His everything. It’s knowing we can do nothing and that He can do everything!
  7. Here’s an interesting exhortation. “Let them sing for joy on their beds.” Do you have a song in your heart when you go to sleep? I often wake up with a song on my mind and start singing it to the Lord in bed and as I get up. Then I might put it on and listen to it to start my quiet time.
  8. One more interesting phrase in here is in verse 6. “Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands.”
  9. That reminds me of this verse from Hebrews 4:12. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
  10. The word of God is the sword that we use not to wield around to save ourselves, but to present to God humbly His promises in faith, trusting in the God of our salvation.