Delight In The Lord As He Delights In You!
Growing up in a pastor’s home has its ups and downs, but I am thankful for that time and having the word of God poured into me. Yet, I never understood how much our Heavenly Father delights in us. I had read some verses about delighting in the Lord, like Psalm 37:4, admonishing us to delight in the Lord. I just couldn’t grasp how I could delight in God when all I ever heard was how we need to do this or do that and even though I heard how much Jesus and the Father loved me, somehow I always felt they were just out there.
What does it mean to delight? I actually looked up the word joy and one definition of joy is to delight or find pleasure in is. So the words are in essence interchangeable. If I say I am full of joy I am by the same token full of delight.
In the past 30 or so years there has been much written and preached and ‘intimacy with God or Jesus.’ It has been a game changer for many in the body. I will write on holiness and other similar topics later. For me it was just this idea that God is so holy how can we enjoy Him? I mean I had been ‘saved’ and had a relation with Jesus, but my joy and delight was not in spending time with Jesus. It was in pursuing the things I wanted to do.
What is so awesome is that the Father in heaven let me go after things that I enjoyed or at least I thought I did. Nevertheless He was always there reeling me back in when I strayed too far of course. He invites us to sit with Him but He never forces anything, because all that He does flows from love.
There’s college and then getting a good paying job, and then the house, which in my case consisted of some land in the country. Of course there is the children and birthday parties, and all of the nice things that we seem to find pleasure in. Vacations, fishing or hunting trips, or just relaxing at home. Then there is gardening and cooking and maybe if you are like me you even enjoy cleaning.
After years of doing life I still wasn’t getting it. Yet, God still delighted in me. It took some time and many setbacks but one day I finally got it. Isaiah 62:4 says ‘the Lord delights in you.’ Sure that was written about Israel, but we apply many verses to us. It was as if the light finally turned on. Everything I thought I enjoyed seemed trivial in comparison to the fact that I can and do enjoy God the Father.
I always loved to hear and read and study the word of God. Indeed I gained much pleasure from it. Today I love the word even more and I am more in love with The Word, Jesus. It is no longer something written like a command, but it is a way of life to delight in the Lord. One day I heard the Lord tell me to delight in Him as He delights in me. I don’t think I can ever rise up to the level of God’s delight in me but I am certainly pursuing it.
Finally, I encourage you to seek the Lord with all of your heart. Seek Him and learn to enjoy Him. There are seasons we go through where the Lord tests us for various reasons. It gets really hard but we need to come to the place where we can enjoy the process, because it is the process that helps shape us. In Psalm 37:4 we are admonished to ‘delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of our heart.’ I used to read that and think oh boy if I just enjoy God He will give me what I really want, you know the stuff we all crave. And let me say things like cars and new clothes and money in themselves are not bad, the Lord wants us to have them but enjoy them.
But I look at that verse differently now, as If I delight in the Lord Then desires of my heart will be the desires of His heart. That is what we are really after, isn’t it. What pleases our heavenly Father? As a father I enjoy doing things for my children. Likewise they enjoy doing things with me and for me. I don’t believe they will ever enjoy me more than I enjoy them. Yet, they keep trying as we should with Father God.
So take the time to enjoy God’s word afresh and anew, then enjoy Him in all that you do, even in those mundane things. It’s in the mundane where we most often find how much we can enjoy Him if we just look at the mundane through His eyes.