delight – (n) 1. a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture.
2. something that gives great pleasure.
Psalm 37:4 tells us “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” My family strives to live out the first part of this verse. Delighting in the Lord is the action required on our part. In order to understand how to “delight” in something, we must first understand what the word means as well as its application in Psalm 37. Today I would like to talk about what it means to be a delight.
We all have people in our lives that give us delight. According to its definition, a delight is something that gives pleasure, joy, or rapture. Our spouses, children, family, and friends may all be called a “delight” to us. Hobbies and careers may also be called a “delight”. Simply put, anyone or anything that makes us giddy and overjoyed can be classified as a “delight”.
Think for a moment about the delights in your life. You may want to write a list naming each delight. Take some time to consider the qualities and characteristics of the delights in your life. What is it about your delights that you love so much?
God has something he wants you to know: He wants to be your #1 delight! How often have you thought about God and actually considered Him to be a delight in your life? He wants to be the central focus of your life – He wants you so consumed by Him that His love for you spills over into every aspect of your days and nights and thoughts and actions.
I have news for you, too, friend! If you allow yourself to be 100% under His Lordship, seeking Him in all things, escaping to Him, and bringing everything – the good and the bad – to Him in prayer, He WILL be your #1 delight! There is absolutely no escaping this truth. God gave His all in sending His son, which should be enough in itself to make Him our delight. How much more of a delight He will be if we allow ourselves to follow Him completely. Making Him our delight brings the blessings and promises God tells us we will receive by His grace and love.
We must also not forget why He wants to be our delight. We are a delight to Him, too! He absolutely adores us and longs to spend time with us, as we should Him. We are enough of a delight to God that He spared Noah and his family so that mankind could continue. We are so much of a delight to Him that He sent His son, Jesus, to die for us. Since we are such a delight to God, even with our sin, He should be our delight in return.
God tells us to delight in Him. In order to do so, we must first make sure He is in position to be our #1 delight. Put Him first, and He will pour out blessings innumerable for you, and will truly give you the desires of your heart.
Join me in my next post as I talk about what it means to “delight” in something – delight is an action word, too!