Category: 31 Days on Delight

I participated in the Write 31 Days challenge. My subject was Delight

Steps Towards Delight

Steps Towards Delight

31 days of delight

 

I’ve spent this month exploring much of what God says about delight in scripture. We began by defining delight and fleshing out the actions of humans that God delights in, but we moved on to how we are also called to delight in the Lord.

The next step for me in this journey would seem to be the application of delight.

Delight Begins with Belief

The Lord your God is with you. He is the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you. In his love he will no longer punish you. Instead, he will sing for joy because of you. Zephaniah 3:17

Just as with many other aspects of a relationship with Jesus, trusting that my creator delights in me is an act of faith. It is a choice to claim this verse for myself. To trust that God sings for joy because of me.

Delight Involves Obedience

You will obey the Lord again. You will obey all his commands that I’m giving you today. Then the Lord your God will give you great success in everything you do. You will have many children. Your livestock will have many little ones. Your crops will do very well. The Lord will take delight in you again. He’ll give you success. That’s what he did for your people of long ago. 10 But you must obey the Lord your God. You must keep his commands and rules. They are written in this Book of the Law. You must turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 30:8-10 NIrV

I need to focus on God’s call for my life. I need to stay in my lane and work with all of my effort to God’s glory alone.

God Delights in the Humble

The Lord takes delight in his people. He awards with victory those who are humble.  Psalm 149:4

If successes come along I need to redirect accolades where they belong.

Delight in the Lord

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:3-4

Choosing to trust God, to delight in him will allow for him to fulfill his plan for my life. It will allow that which I was created for to occur.

 

Delight Yourself in Abundance

Delight Yourself in Abundance

31 Days on Delight

“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk. Without money and without cost.
“Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And delight yourself in abundance.
“Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful mercies shown to David. Isaiah 55:1-3

Why do you spend money on things that are not needs and won’t satisfy? Instead, choose to eat what is good for your body and instead delight in me!

Lean your ear towards me and listen. I will make a covenant with you says the Lord.

I think the part about this section that stands out the most besides the logic that is still so profoundly relevant today is that God promises abundance when we delight in him.

Since the lines before directly point to satisfaction, it seems to me that the choice to seek the Lord for comfort instead of worldly things bring contentment while the decision to delight in the Lord brings abundant satisfaction.

On Day 2 of this Delight Journey, we explored the definition the word “high or highly” is used as well a “great”:

Dictionary.com  Delight

noun
1. a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: She takes great delight in her job.
2. something that gives great pleasure: The dance was a delight to see.
verb (used with object)
3. to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly: The show delighted everyone.
The addition of these words seems to speak to the word delight as elevating emotion from mere happiness. So it would also make sense that the choice to turn versus the decision to press into God would be the difference between feeling contentment in God’s provision versus receiving an abundance of God’s provision.
God delights in those who delight in him, and it seems that life becomes abundantly more full when we choose to delight in he who delights in us.

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He Rescued Me

He Rescued Me

31 days of delight

 

He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
    according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord; Psalm 18:19-21

David understood God’s delight. He trusted that all good things come because of God. Even when David’s life was in danger, he knew God had his back. How is this possible? How is it that in the hardest times David could identify God’s delight?

An exploration of the life of a shepherd holds the answers to these questions. A shepherd lived mostly a solitary existence. Out in the pastures with the sheep, the shepherd was his flock’s only protection against danger. Animals who would attempt to feast on sheep would likely also attack David if needed.

Hours of silence with only the sounds of animals allowed David to see and uniquely hear God. He created worship music and prayed to God revealing his heart.

God knew David’s heart regardless, but David sought a relationship with God by bearing his heart, and in those times delight was present.