“Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the Lord.” (Jer. 9:23-24)
Jer. 8:20 says, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved!” God’s judgments on the obscure false religions and teachings that the people of Israel have sold themselves to has left them in desperate need of God’s mercy. Jeremiah is overwhelmed and cries, “Oh that my head were waters and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people” (9:1).
And here is the Lord’s answer to the mourning of the people: “Let not the wise glory in his wisdom, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight.” Nothing but a true knowledge of God can save the nation of Israel. Do we know this God who exercises lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness? Do we delight in God as he delights in those things? We should. We should glory in God, in his lovingkindness, righteousness, and even his judgment. We should take delight in knowing him above all things, because he delights in himself above all other things.
“Thou lovely source of true delight whom I unseen adore, unveil Thy beauties to my sight that I might love Thee more. Oh that I might love Thee more” (Anne Steele, ‘Thou Lovely Source of True Delight,’ 1760).