April 14, 2008 Ration

Psalm 135:6

“Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and all the deeps.”

The Lord does what pleases Him. Whatever pleases the Lord, He does. In the heavens, in the earth, in the seas, in the deeps, the Lord does what He pleases to do.

To understand this in its full weight, we must understand that the Lord did not just come upon the heavens, earth, seas, and deeps and find a playground to toy with. No, the Lord is first the Author of these places and all that is in them. It pleased the Lord to first make the heavens, the earth, the seas, the deeps, and all that they contain, and then He takes pleasure to do in them all that He desires to do.

There is nothing made, that has come into being, that did not come into being by the direct desire of the Lord (John 1:3) Consider the reality of this reality! Crabs, stone, cranberries, uranium, conscience, sound, laws of physics, unreachable realms, wool, etc… all exist because God was pleased to create them.

The Lord does what pleases Him with all of His creation. We do what pleases us with all of His creation too. Yet it seems that our pleasures with what God has made pleasurable often stand against the Lord’s pleasure in making them pleasurable to us. Where our desires and the Lord’s desires stand against each other, the stronger desire will always carry the day.

Read further on in the chapter with this in mind: “Whatever the Lord pleases, He does.” “He smote the first-born of Egypt, both of man and beast. He sent signs and wonders into your midst…He smote many nations, and slew many kings…He gave their land as a heritage…to Israel His people…For the Lord will judge His people, and will have compassion on His servants” (135:8-14).

Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and all the deeps because all these things are His, created out of His pleasure. Our default error in our pleasure taking is that we enjoy (or do not enjoy) what the Lord was pleased to make and do without enjoying what pleases the Lord in making and doing it, thereby forfeiting the fullest pleasures completely!

Artists, I know you are hunting for pleasure in your artistic pursuits. I sure am! But pleasure hunting alone, in the ignorance and depravity of the mind of the flesh, is not the hunt that will secure your greatest pleasure. An understanding of the pleasures of God in what He is pleased to make and do is the only chassis by which you will ever enjoy the greatest pleasures that God has for you in artistic expression.

There is no part of any artistic realm that does not exist apart from God’s pleasure in calling it into being. But don’t be foolish. When we take those things, and enjoy them for the enjoyment of the desires of the flesh and the pride of life, and not for our enjoyment in God and His various pleasures in making them enjoyable to us, we will find ourselves to be the object of God’s pleasure in the upholding of His Name! And that pleasure of God will be nothing less than terrifying!

Artists, whatever the Lord pleases, in all that He has made, He does. It is the Lord’s pleasure to give what He enjoys to you. So freely enjoy the pleasures of God in the heavens, the earth, the seas, the deeps and all that is in them, and see if after you begin to taste the grand genius of God, you too would come to say, “Whom have I in heaven but you?" as you rightly understand that all things pleasurable flow from the pleasure of God Himself. Now, from faith, enjoy all things as God enjoys them; and from faith, be pleased to abhor what God abhors in our whoring with His pleasures.

Jason Harms


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