A very astute conclusion was drawn by the righteous scouting duo of Caleb and Joshua upon their return to Moses with their assessment of the Promised Land. They included in their assessment a qualitative spiritual evaluation that stated that if the Lord “delighted in Israel”, then they surely could take the land from the tribes of giants that inhabited the land at that time. Caleb and Joshua's evaluation was right on the money! The only thing that ever really matters is whether or not the Lord delights in us. For it is a truth that if the Lord delights in you, he will fight your battles, and he will never leave you alone nor would he ever forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5) (Romans 8:31)
Numbers 14:7-8 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it ; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
The day is surely coming in which the Lord will indeed delight in the re-gathered remnant of the children of Israel. Just as surely as the Lord brought the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage, and led them to the edge of the Jordan River, and finally into the Promised Land 3000 years ago, he will someday soon delight in them again to give unto them all the land of his promise. The big difference this time however is that he will reign with them, and establish a delight for his law in their hearts as he establishes his unending throne in the Holy City of Jerusalem!
Psalms 147:11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
Jeremiah 32:37-42 Behold I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul. For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.
What makes the Lord delight in us? Israel could have found delight in the Lord's eyes by keeping his commandments and statutes, as specified in the land covenant which God spelled out for them in Deuteronomy 4:1-30, Deuteronomy 6:1-4, 23-25, Deuteronomy 11:1-32, Deuteronomy 12:1-4, and again in Deuteronomy 28:1-47.
For us as Christians today, it remains our task to please the Lord by keeping his commandments, abstaining from any affiliation with the enticements of other gods, and also by doing his providential will through the spreading of the Gospel, and remaining true to his testimony.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.
Malachi 1:5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The Lord will be magnified from the border of Israel.
Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delight-some land, saith the Lord of hosts.
The words of Joshua and Caleb still resound down through the corridors of time to us today. The Lord's delight is still to establish Israel in its own land, and to return his son (Jesus Christ) unto the children of Israel for the Divine mission of saving them, thereby fulfilling his word to give them an everlasting kingdom. The prayer of peace for Jerusalem in Psalms 122:6 is a prayer for all mankind. For when we learn to delight in the Lord's will, and delight in his plan for Israel, we will find delight in his eyes. May the children of Israel and indeed the people of the whole world find the Lord delighting in us!
Author: Darrell G. Young