Delight, there's a word you don't hear very much in 2012. At lunch today ask your friends or co workers how they would define delight. I asked that question in bible study last night and one lady said, "a baby", great answer! Because we associate innocence with a baby and their smiles, the way they discover their little toes, almost everything delights us about a baby. Here is how Websters defines it; Delight, a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture; something that gives great pleasure; to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly.
In today's Title verse we read that God says His soul delights in His Chosen One, the Lord Jesus Christ! Scripture has much to say about what delights God but also what delights believers. As you read them remember the definition of delight.
Psalm 1:2 NLT; "But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night." Gods Word delights the ones who meditate on it day and night! This meditation is not eastern religious meditation, if any of you have ever worried, you know how something just keeps turning over and over in your mind, that is what is meant to meditate on the Word, you read it and through out the day and night you think about it over and over.
In Psalm 119 all 176 verses speak of the wonder of the Word of God! The word delight is used nine times. This is a sampling; I shall delight in Your statutes, Your testimonies also are my delight, Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it, Your law is my delight, If Your law had not been my delight then I would have perished in my affliction, Trouble and anguish have come upon me, yet Your commandments are my delight.
Jeremiah 9:24 reveals three other things the Lord delights in. "Let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD." How blessed are we the our Lord delights in these things?
Are you aware that the LORD delights in you, His child? He does! "He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me."
God's love, holiness, justice, righteousness, mercy, grace, peace, and joy are all over the top effusive!! He delights in pouring these out on His own, so is it any wonder to know that God has a river of His delights? Psalm 36:8; "They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house; And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights." That scripture thrills my soul and every time I read it I smile, just imagine drinking of the river of His delights!!! Our God is unequivocally amazing, praise Your name O LORD!!!
The following verse is a source of comfort to believers everywhere. "When my anxious thoughts multiply with me, Your consolations delight my soul." Psalm 94:19. Isn't that great?
I want to close with one of my favorite scriptures, a favorite because of what God did in my life. Psalm 37:4; "Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart." When I set my mind and heart to seek the LORD and to delight myself in Him, He gave me the desire of my heart, imagine my surprise to discover that He, the Lord Jesus Christ, IS the desire of my heart!
What is the desire of your heart? Are you delighting yourself in the Lord, and in His Word? Please begin today to seek the Lord in His Word, are you thirsty? He will meet with you there and give you a drink from the river of His delights! Enjoy!