“He taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.” (Psalm 147:10)
What an interesting insight! The great, transcendent God doesn’t take pleasure in the legs of a man!
We can think of this in connection with the world of athletics. The track star, lithe and swift, crossing the
finish line with hands flung high in victory. The basketball player, streaking down the court to sink the
winning basket. The football hero, muscular and strong, irresistibly plunging through the line.
The crowd goes wild. They are jumping, shouting, cheering (or alternately booing and catcalling). They are
fanatics, emotionally involved in every play. You might say that they take pleasure in the legs of a man—
that is, in his ability to play the game.
Our verse is not intended to prohibit an interest in athletics. The Bible elsewhere speaks well of the value of
bodily exercise. But God’s disinterest in the legs of a man should remind us to keep our priorities in balance.
It is easy for a young believer to become so engrossed in some sport that it becomes the passion of his life.
All his best efforts are aimed toward achieving excellence. He disciplines his time, his food intake, his sleep.
He practices endlessly, perfecting skill in every conceivable play. He maintains an exercise regimen,
designed to keep him in top physical condition. He thinks and talks about this sport as if it were his life.
Perhaps it actually is.
Sometimes a young Christian like this is brought up short when he realizes that God doesn’t take pleasure
in the legs of a man. If he wants to walk in fellowship with God, he must adopt God’s perspective.
What, then, does God take pleasure in? The eleventh verse of Psalm 147 tells us: “The Lord taketh pleasure
in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.” In other words, God is more interested in the
spiritual than in the physical. The Apostle Paul mirrors this same value system when he says that “bodily
exercise profiteth (a) little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is,
and of that which is to come.” (1 Timothy. 4:8).
One hundred years from today, when the cheers have died away, when the stadium is empty, and the score
is forgotten, the thing that will really count is a life that first sought the kingdom of God and His
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Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
Phil Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11 A.M.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, August 3, 2014. Phil
and his wife Anne are the parents of four grown
children. Their son Mark and his wife Karen served
as missionaries in Vienna, Austria for many years.
Phil serves as an elder and Sunday school teacher
of one of our adult elective classes. He and Anne
have fellowshipped at Grace Bible Chapel since
the mid 1950s.