The Holy Spirit gave David the key to deliverance from his sorrows. David could say, “The reason God delivered me is that I am precious to him. My God delights in me!”
“He also brought me out into a broad place; he delivered me because he delighted in me” (Psalm 18:19, NKJV).
In Song of Solomon, the Lord says of his bride, “How fair and how pleasant you are, O love, with your delights” (Song of Solomon 7:6)! In turn, the bride boasts, “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me” (Song of Solomon 7:10). These same thoughts are also found throughout the psalms. “For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he will beautify the humble with salvation” (Psalm 149:4).
You may think “That’s sweet, but it’s only a lovely concept.” No, this truth is much more than that. It is the key to your deliverance from every battle that rages in your soul. Until you lay hold of it, you won’t be able to withstand the trials of life.
Isaiah wrote of God’s great delight in us. “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you’” (Isaiah 43:1-2).
Isaiah wasn’t talking about literal natural disasters. He was referring to what we go through spiritually and mentally. These were all Satan’s attempts to overwhelm and destroy God’s people. Isaiah’s words were a message of mercy to Israel. The people were in captivity because of their own stupidity and foolishness, but God sent them a brokenhearted prophet who said, “You belong to God.”
The Lord does not always calm the waters, but he does promise this: “I will walk with you through it all. This trial or circumstance will not destroy you. Walk on! You’ll come out on the other side with me beside you.”