In my daily personal worship time, I have been reading through the Psalms every two months.  Recently, Psalm 147:10-11 really jumped out to me.  This passage says,

He is not impressed by the strength of a horse; He does not value the power of a warrior. 11 The Lord values those who fear Him, those who put their hope in His faithful love. Psalm 147:10-11 (CSB)

Now first, let me address the title of this blog “What Impresses God.”  I probably could have said, “What Doesn’t Impress God”, but that would encompass several books, not just a short blog post.

Look again at this verse – He is not impressed by the strength of a horse.  The ESV says, “His delight is not in the strength of a horse…”, and The Message renders it this way: “He’s not impressed with horsepower…”  This may seem strange because most people don’t use horses for the majority of our travel today.  But what the Psalmist is talking about are the things that impress us.  In context of his day, strong horses meant superiority in battle.  Things that impress us are our possessions, our houses, cars, boats, clothes, and more!

Secondly, he goes on to say, “…He does not value the power of a warrior”.  First He knocks down our stuff, now He knocks down our self-sufficiency.  God is not impressed by what we have or who we are.  He does not care how “important” we are in the world’s eyes.  We care about our community status, number of Twitter followers, job title, and how much money we make.  That does not mean anything to Him.  God’s favor is not upon us because of who we are, but because of who He is.

So what does God care about?  Verse 11 says, “The Lord values those who fear Him, those who put their hope in His faithful love.”  God values those who believe in Him.  The ESV says that He “takes pleasure in…” and The Message paraphrases it by saying, “Those who fear God get God’s attention.”

There is nothing that you or I can do to impress God.  However, He will value and take pleasure in us when we honor Him, worship Him, trust in Him.

Don’t miss those last three words: His faithful love.  God’s love never ceases; never changes; never ends.  I love Psalm 136, which appears to be written as a responsive reading.  After every statement about God, about His character, or about what He has done, the response is “His love is eternal.”  His love never falters, never fails, never fades away.

Do you know God’s unfailing, unchanging, unending love?  You can’t earn it.  You can’t buy it.  You don’t deserve it.  He freely gives it to all those who fear Him and put their hope in His faithful love.

His faithful love is so great, that He came to earth to become the sacrifice for our sins.  2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  Jesus, who is God in the flesh, lived a perfect and sinless life, and died a sacrificial, atoning death to pay the penalty for our sins, so that we could be reconciled to God.  He was buried, and rose again so that we could have eternal life in heaven.  The only way to God’s heaven is by trusting, or believing, in Jesus.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7, CSB)

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Brad Smith is the Lead Pastor at Spring Valley Baptist Church in Springville, AL.  Brad has been in ministry for 19 years.  You can follow Brad on Twitter here.