In these things I delight

WHILST the heavenly hosts of stars and the earthly beauties of nature may stir our emotions, they are silent about our deepest needs and are heedless of our cries for help. When the Lord passed before Moses He proclaimed not the great wonders of His power but: “The Lord, the Lord, a God full of compassion and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and truth.”

From thenceforward the purpose of the law and the prophets was to shew this knowledge of God so that His people might trust in Him with all their hearts and not lean upon their own understanding. With the warning of Israel’s decline before them Judah was told, through Jeremiah: “Let not the wise 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, judgement and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”

This is the transcendent glory of the Father, who created the angels through immeasurable time; clothed Adam and Eve with skins; cared for His people Israel; prepared for the coming of His Son, and called a people for His greater glory, as many as the stars of heaven.

JOHN MARSHALL, The New Life, page 53.