“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm37:4)
What are some things you take delight in?
The word “delight” is such an uplifting and fun word; its definition is:
*something that gives great pleasure
*a high degree of enjoyment, joy, rapture
The things we delight in are most often what we love more than anything else, and our happiness is achieved not so much by one single event as it is on continuous daily delights in small things. Sometimes I think there are times when we simply need to STOP…take a deep breath…and take delight in all the things God had given us. It’s the little things in life that make it wonderful; if only we would pause long enough to appreciate those things and realize that we are truly blessed. We are often so busy with life that we miss the beauty that is right in front of us; children’s laughter, beautiful sunsets, brilliant shining stars on a clear evening, a quiet walk on the beach, chocolate (!), or spending time with our family and loved ones. We need to enjoy all the little things as much as the big things…OR…all the beauty and simple pleasures of life will just pass us by.
“Your words were found and I consumed them. Your words were joy and my hearts delight, because I belong to you.” (Jeremiah 15:16)
When you delight in something, it brings a smile to your face every time you think about it; it cheers your heart and you find yourself constantly turning towards it. A person’s delight may be found in all kinds of different things, however the Bible commands us to find our delight in the Lord. That same delight we find in our daily lives, we are to find in Him. One of the very things we all need to do to enjoy a day-by-day full and meaningful life, is to yield control of our lives to God so that we can experience His beauty, love, and power moment by moment. To do this, we need to commit everything we do and everything we have to Him so that we can experience great pleasure and joy in His presence.
The beauty of it is this…
…there is a mutual love relationship when we exult over Him! When we rejoice over Him, He will take delight and rejoice over us with shouts of joy!
“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
Have you ever thought that YOU are a delight?
The Lord rejoices over us today! You are a delight, bringing great joy to the Lord God who created you; imagine God breaking out in songs of happiness over us! We may not think we really deserve it, but what an amazing thing, that He would rejoice over us with singing. Have you ever considered what song He may be singing over you? I am pretty sure that whatever song it is, it is a song of love. We may be more apt to believe the other way around; us in awe and rejoicing over Him with love and thankfulness for our blessed salvation. But the truth is, our Father in heaven is never more blessed than seeing His beloved creation obeying in the spirit with delightful joy and thanksgiving! The emotions of delight we experience over things that bring us joy are not even close to the way He delights and rejoices in us…what amazing love!
“May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, “The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of His servant.” (Psalm 35:27)