The Good Pleasure of God

Michael Beck

“Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.” (Psalm 135:6)

God, who sits on His throne in heaven, can do whatever pleases Him. He is answerable to no one but Himself. Whatever proceeds out of His own will is what He does. No man can claim the same right.

When the Word of God, who was God, was made flesh, He emptied Himself not of deity, but of the rights of deity. He humbled Himself to become completely dependent on the Father. He said: “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30)

As a man, Jesus was not pressured to do the will of His Father. It was His delight to do God’s will (Ps. 40:8). There is no fight in true submission. Jesus gladly obeyed. He has set for His church an example to follow. In a day when the world is dead set on self-actualization, the witness of the Son is the strongest rebuke. The kingdom of God cannot be entered into by those who still want to be king of their own lives.

What is of us is not of God. God would perform all things in us. (Ps. 57:2). He would work in us to will and do of His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). Why? So He, not us, would get all the glory in this life, and we would share His glory in the next.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.