The Soul’s Delight

He is One who bears, unfettered, the power of the Spirit. He will establish justice in the earth. He will be a light for the nations . . . giving sight to the blind . . . freeing the prisoner from darkness. Yet, though He will rescue with power and rule with might, He will do so in unexpected ways. So, says the LORD, Behold My Servant . . . in whom My soul delights.

Behold My Servant, whom I uphold,
My chosen, in whom My soul delights;
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry aloud or lift up His voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed He will not break,
and a faintly burning wick He will not quench;
He will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till He has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for His law.
         (Isaiah 42:1-4 ESV)

That a King would be introduced as servant is enough to evoke wonder. That He would establish His kingdom and bring justice to the earth without raising His voice should capture our attention. That the Ruler of the earth would establish His reign with such tenderness that bruised reeds are not broken and faintly burning wicks are not quenched, should cause us to marvel at such seemingly powerless power. All enough to occupy the meditating mind.

But above all this, that this Servant–the One God upholds, the One God has chosen–should delight the soul of the Creator, is simply awe inducing.

God saw everything He created and it was “very good” (Gen. 1:31). But God looks upon His Servant, and His soul delights.

Everything within Almighty God . . . all that makes up the eternal I AM . . . is stimulated with pleasure, satisfaction, and deep affection when He looks upon His Servant. He has loved Him since before the foundation of the world (John 17:24). On the day the Servant was baptized by John, God broke the sound barrier of heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). He is the beloved Son . . . the delight of God Almighty’s soul.

And if Jesus, the promised Messiah, the faithful Servant of God, is the delight of Him who sits on heaven’s throne, then perhaps I should pause from time to time . . . and behold . . . and think on Him until He is my soul’s delight as well.

I should just be quiet and gaze upon the Justice-Bringer. Be still and hear the still small voice of Him who doesn’t cry out or lift up His voice. Remember again His dealings with the bruised reed and faintly burning wick sitting in this chair. Reflecting on how He has gently built up this reed and fanned into flame this wick. To take just a bit of time and behold God’s holy Servant . . . that He would be my soul’s delight, too!

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus . . . there’s just something about that Name.

For those who behold, He is the soul’s delight.

Because of grace . . . for His glory.

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