June 22, 2020

Duty of Delight

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 22, 2020

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:4-5, NLT

Children and grandchildren can be so delightful! Their sweet spirits. Their trusting hearts. Their honest questions. Their creative imaginations. Their genuine desire to be with Pop and Bibi just to enjoy our company. The joy Rita and I feel being with and giving to our grands gives us a joy like none other and a love for them that may in part be how our heavenly Father cares for His children. As our children and grandchildren delight in us, so we delight in giving them the desires of their hearts. But how can we relate this idea to our relationship with God? What does it mean for us to take delight in the Lord?

 I’ve highlighted three ways we can delight in the Lord:

Delight in His Perfections 

“The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple” (Psalm 27:4).

Delighting in our perfect God means we can take comfort knowing His will for our lives is just what we need. We can trust His perfect love to lead us through dark valleys with His light of peace and to help us scale mountains of fear in the strength of His Spirit. His perfection also protects us from our imperfect selves. When our impulses compete with what’s best for us, His sweet Spirit reminds us of a better way. A heart that delights in perfect love is a heart at peace. 

Delight in His Precepts 

“Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands” (Psalm 112:1).

Joy is the fruit of those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying His commands. His commands are not burdensome when we see obedience as an expression of our love for the Lord. Delighting in Him is to obey Him. Knowing and doing His Word invites intimacy with the Word—Jesus Christ. What a delight to grow in knowing and understanding the heart of our Savior, so our heart can align around His. Then, what breaks His heart—racism— breaks ours. What fills His heart—selfless love—fills ours. What warms His heart—mercy and forgiveness, warms ours. A heart that delights in following Christ’s commands is full of praise and joy in holy worship of God!

Delight in His Provision 

“How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them” (Psalm 111:2).

Every day God’s provision is an opportunity to celebrate His faithfulness. When we ponder on His provision—salvation, health, food, clothing, shelter, friends, family—our soul erupts in thanksgiving. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound is our Lord’s greatest gift! Grace to get us to heaven and grace to get heaven to us. The cross, the empty tomb—what great deeds the Lord has done. Forgiveness, healing, reconciliation, finances and favor to love well—all reasons to be grateful. When we delight in God’s good gifts, He trusts us with His gifts. Ponder His provision! 

“O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today” (Nehemiah 1:11).

Prayer

Dear God, I delight in you so I might better know you and follow you, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Related Reading

Exodus 18:9; Isaiah 58:13-14; Jeremiah 15:16; Mark 12:37

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