So there’s been this theme of “being drawn out” on repeat for me. It’s based in a verse that has been on repeat for me in podcasts, blog posts, devotionals, sermons–everywhere I turn it seems like this verse is subtly there. And so I’ve been seeking what it means.
“He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.”
That initial phrase, “He brought me forth”, when you translate it from the original word, means “to go forward, proceed to (to or toward something”, “to go forth with purpose or for result”, and “to come out of”.
The following phrase, “also into a large place”, translates as “broad or roomy place, wide, expanses”.
“He delivered me” = “to remove, draw out, draw off, take off, withdraw, equip (for war), arm for war, rescue, be rescued” and “to make strong, brace up, to invigorate”.
“Because He delighted in me” = “to delight in, have pleasure in, desire, be pleased with”.
Okay? So, wow. God brought me forward, out of my past and towards Him and my destiny, into a large place—He’s expanding my borders (Isaiah 54:2 + Psalm 16:6), not to punish me, not to take away all my friends (and even guys I’m interested in), not to cause division in my family and what they do and believe and act versus how I am and believe and act, no—He drew me out, He brought me FORWARD, because HE DELIGHTS IN ME. in me. me!! He brought me out into a wide and spacious place so He could enlarge my territory and have more room to plant His words in me (Mark 4). He brought me out because that’s where He is. And I want to be where He is, where He is actively planting His words!
He delights in me. He delights in you. Honestly I’m pretty surprised He still delights in me after all these years (says the young whippersnapper 20 year old, I know). But really! He DELIGHTS! Not “tolerates”! Not “endures the company of”! Not “ignores”! He “delights”!
And it’s because of His delight that He is expanding the territory of my heart (and ministry, and life, and relationships, etc—not just limiting it to the heart here). So if it feels lonely, if it feels like no one else is in this territory with you, maybe, just maybe, it’s because they’re not. YOU have been drawn out. YOUR borders have expanded. Naturally, your neighbors are going to be farther away! 🙂 This is a good thing, but you must learn to manage it. How is the soil of your heart in this new and expanded place? Is is rocky and hard and scared of change? Or is it prime and ready to grow? Is the enemy snatching up the seeds as soon as they are planted, or are you pressing to hear from God and writing down what’s He’s saying? This is new territory, y’all. Let’s explore it. Let’s harvest in it. Let’s be wild and free and untamed by religion in it, as we are passionately inhabiting it alongside the God who rescued us to it and equipped us for war in it. The enemy needs to know he is not welcome in this new place.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
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