Morning, September 16
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He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy.

Let us postulate that there is someone who wants to impress the LORD, that there is someone who really wants to please Him. What would do the job? What would it take to impress the LORD and please Him?

First of all, He does not take delight in the strength of the horse. What does this mean? It means that the LORD takes no delight in and is not impressed with people who have strong horses under their control. He is not impressed, in other words, with those who control cavalries of horses with which to wage war and conquer enemies. The LORD does not need such people and their horses in order to accomplish His purposes in the earth.

Second, He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. What does this mean? It means that the LORD takes no pleasure in and is not impressed with people who have men fleet of foot under their command. He is not impressed, in other words, with those who command armies of strong and swift soldiers with which to overthrow cities and enslave peoples. The LORD does not need such people and their soldiers in order to effectuate His will in the earth.

Who is it, then, that pleases the LORD?

First, He takes pleasure in those who fear Him. He takes pleasure, that is, in those who truly honor and respect Him for who He is and what He can do. It does not matter to Him that they are poor, weak, and unknown people who have no horses under their control. The LORD takes pleasure in showing Himself strong on behalf of such people, takes pleasure in using such people to accomplish His purposes in the earth.

Second, He takes pleasure in those who hope in His mercy. He takes pleasure, that is, in those who wait for His forgiveness and loving-kindness before taking action in life. It does not matter to Him that they are lowly, humble, and undistinguished people who have no armies under their command. The LORD takes pleasure in rising up to help such people, rising up to use such people to effectuate His will in the earth.

You don't have to be high and mighty to impress the LORD, please Him, and find favor with Him.

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
Proverbs 30, 31


Proverbs 30 -- The words of Agur the son of Jakeh

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Proverbs 31 -- King Lemuel: Who can find a worthy woman? For her price is far above rubies.

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New Testament Reading
2 Corinthians 8


2 Corinthians 8 -- Great Generosity; Titus Sent to Corinth

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Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.
Insight
When Paul uses the term “instrument of evil,” he uses a word that can refer to a tool or weapon. Our skills, capabilities, and bodies can serve many purposes, good and bad. In sin, every part of our bodies is vulnerable. In Christ, every part can be an instrument for service. It is the one to whom we offer our service that makes the difference. We are like lasers that can burn destructive holes in steel places or do delicate cataract surgery.
Challenge
Will you give yourself completely to God, asking him to put you to good use for his glory?
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
2 Peter 1:4  Partakers of the divine nature.

To be a partaker of the divine nature is not, of course, to become God. That cannot be. The essence of Deity is not to be participated in by the creature. Between the creature and the Creator there must ever be a gulf fixed in respect of essence; but as the first man Adam was made in the image of God, so we, by the renewal of the Holy Spirit, are in a yet diviner sense made in the image of the Most High, and are partakers of the divine nature. We are, by grace, made like God. "God is love;" we become love--"He that loveth is born of God." God is truth; we become true, and we love that which is true: God is good, and he makes us good by his grace, so that we become the pure in heart who shall see God. Moreover, we become partakers of the divine nature in even a higher sense than this--in fact, in as lofty a sense as can be conceived, short of our being absolutely divine. Do we not become members of the body of the divine person of Christ? Yes, the same blood which flows in the head flows in the hand: and the same life which quickens Christ quickens his people, for "Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." Nay, as if this were not enough, we are married unto Christ. He hath betrothed us unto himself in righteousness and in faithfulness, and he who is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Oh! marvellous mystery! we look into it, but who shall understand it? One with Jesus--so one with him that the branch is not more one with the vine than we are a part of the Lord, our Saviour, and our Redeemer! While we rejoice in this, let us remember that those who are made partakers of the divine nature will manifest their high and holy relationship in their intercourse with others, and make it evident by their daily walk and conversation that they have escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. O for more divine holiness of life!

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Proverbs 21:2  Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.

Psalm 1:6  For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.

Numbers 16:5  and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, "Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His, and who is holy, and will bring him near to Himself; even the one whom He will choose, He will bring near to Himself.

Matthew 6:4  so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Psalm 139:23,24  Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; • And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.

1 John 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

Psalm 38:9  Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You.

Psalm 142:3  When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me.

Romans 8:27  and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

2 Timothy 2:19  Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness."

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