Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 147:11, which says this:
"The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy."
God created the world, in order to enjoy it. The Holy Trinity always experienc-es perfect and unremitted bliss. God is never perturbed. But, if it may be said that the Lord's pleasure may be "added to," (and I think it *can* be said, [in a certain sense]), then those who "fear Him" are the ones that achieve this re-markable privileged status.
Do we fear the Lord—through our faith in Jesus? If so, then let us take great comfort. God not only delights in us, He also loves us very dearly and tender-ly (as His church).
[Puritan quote of the day: "If once you come to receive the mercy of God in and through Christ Jesus, then that mercy will be the greatest opposer of your lusts and sin as anything can be in the world.” —Jeremiah Burroughs, a book of his sermons, entitled, "Gospel Remission"]