Have you ever said or thought this Bible verse:
As for the saints in the land, they are the annoying ones, in whom is all my irritation.
Or how about this one:
As for the saints in the land, they are the ones who are just so slow to change, who I get so tired of trying to help.
There are a hundred variations on that verse. We have special variations for our teens, and those who don’t look like us, those we’ve had a conflict with, those who talk too much, those who make a beeline for us every Sunday when they see us, those who make a beeline away from us when they see us, those….you get the idea.
Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of the actual Bible verse:
As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. PS 16:3
The NASB uses the phrase “majestic ones” in this verse.
Yeah but Mark, you don’t know my church. “Excellent ones?” “Majestic ones?” Ones “in whom is all my delight?” Not quite.
But that’s the way God sees his children. As the excellent ones, clothed with his Son’s righteousness. As the apples of his eye, the ones in whom is all his delight. God said of Israel: “he who touches you touches the apple of his eye” (Zechariah 2:8). How much more does he love his blood-bought children – every single one of them – warts and all, weaknesses and all. He loves us despite our foibles and failures. He sees us in Christ and he is transforming us from one degree of glory to another. God sees us as his redeemed ones, his children, joint-heirs of Christ, his new creations, holy ones, his chosen race, a royal priesthood, and his very own possession (1 Pe 2:9).
CS Lewis said if we could see each other as beautiful as we will be in heaven, we’d be tempted to worship each other.
If God sees his children as excellent ones and takes great delight in each one, shouldn’t we? And especially if God sees you as one of his majestic ones, shouldn’t you do the same others? The next time you’re dreading going to your small group, think “They are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.” Or when that brother who is always struggling asks you for prayer think, “You are one of God’s majestic ones.” The next time you’re tempted to be annoyed at your spouse, thank Jesus for giving you one his excellent ones and ask him to help you delight in them.
Ask God to help you see the saints as he sees them. Sure they are weak. Sure they mess up. Sure they might not always to be easy to be with. But they are God’s excellent ones in whom is all his delight. And you can delight in them too.