What do you delight in….really? Think about the word “delight”. The question is not, what do you like, or even what do you love – but what do you “delight in”.
The dictionary defines “delight” as “something that makes you very happy and/or gives you great pleasure or satisfaction“.
Now, think about the question again. You love your spouse, but does he/she “bring you great joy, happiness or pleasure”? Your kids? Your work? Your ministry? What in your life brings you the most pure joy or pleasure?
It’s easy for me to name a couple: my wife of nearly 40 years continues to bring me much delight, and my three sons have filled my heart with delight since they were born. Nothing could haven delighted me more than being the husband of my great wife and the father of three amazing boys. I have been truly blessed.
I am humbled and convicted though when I read the words of David and how many times he says how he delights in God’s commandments, and in His Word. Psalms is full of David’s professions. Do I delight in God’s Word like that? Does it “bring me great joy, happiness and pleasure“?
What about delighting in God Himself? Do I even do that, or am I just going through the motions and trying to be a good boy so God won’t punish me somehow? Am I being religious, or truly enjoying a relationship with my heavenly Father?
Psalm 37:4 says if I will delight myself in the Lord, He will give me the desires of my heart. So, why wouldn’t I want to do that?
But do I even know what delighting in God looks like? How do I do that?
The best I can come up with is to compare it to something or someone I have delighted in in the my past. When I was seriously dating my wife, we would talk often during the day. I would think about her constantly. I would count the minutes until we could be together again. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her when we were in the same room. I was captivated by her.
So, do I love Christ that much? Do I run to meet Him in the morning, or eagerly engage Him in conversation throughout the day? Am I hungry to hear His voice and simply be in His presence?
The honest answer for me was …no. For some reason I had bought into the lie that He was upset with me over my past sins and that I needed to work harder to get on his “good list”.
Thankfully, God has shown me over these last few years that I do NOT have to perform or tap-dance to win His approval or love. He loves me – period, and there is nothing I can do to make Him love me any more, or any less. What freedom this has brought to my relationship with Him. I pray the same for you.
You are loved; completely, unconditionally and irregardless of your performance. You will never deserve it, and can never earn it. You just have to accept it, appreciate it, and walk in it. Your life will never be the same.
You know what God delights in?
… but the prayer of the upright is his delight. Prov. 15:8
He delights in talking with you, in hearing your voice, in sharing your heart. You and I are His delight, and we desperately need to embrace this truth….and learn to make Him our delight as well.