Sunday morning I was preparing to leave for church and it was like the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Stop doubting and start delighting.” Then, I went to church and God met me there. It was like each word of the sermon was right where I was at in my life right now. It was a reminder how desperately I need God and his Word.
What does the word “delight” mean? The Merriam dictionary defines delight as, “a high degree of gratification,” “joy,” “extreme satisfaction,” “something that gives great pleasure,” and “the power of affording pleasure”. Last night, I looked up “delight” in the Old Testament and found a multitude of references. Many deal with delighting in God’s law and some deal with God delighting in his people. God says to “delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). David calls God his “delight” (Psalm 43:4). Psalm 119: 16, 24, 35, 47, 70, 77,92, 14 all proclaim God’s law to be the psalmist’s delight. Yet, Psalm 147:11 proclaims that God “delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love”(NIV). In Zephaniah 3:17 God’s delight over us is again proclaimed, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (NIV).
I’m astounded that a God who calls me to delight in Him somehow delights in me and chose me to be his child. Right now, I’m practicing delighting in God by meditating on his Word and thanking him for his love and plans for me. I’m finding this brings great joy and pleasure to a heart that is thankful to find joy again.