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.

Delight Yourself in the Lord

Delight Yourself in the Lord

31 days of delight

 

Do not fret because of those who are evil, or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

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.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:1-7

The NIV commentary breakdown this poem very concisely:

Following the negatively stated admonition of verse 1, the psalmist shifts (37:3–6) to a series of positively stated imperative directives to the hearers. They are called to “trust” (37:35) in Yahweh, “dwell” (37:3) in the land, “delight” (37:4) in Yahweh, and consequently “commit” (37:5) their way to him. As a result of turning their negative anger into passionate commitment to Yahweh, they will receive from God security and safe pasture (37:3), the “desires” (mis??alot, from s??l [“the thing asked for, requested”]) of their hearts (37:4), and clear, public vindication against the wicked (37:6). (Source)

Having a list of do’s and don’ts is generally a welcome thing, but this short list is not as easy as it might appear.

dos and dontsThe “don’t list” takes the discipline of our thoughts. This isn’t something we need to do on our own. Paul reminds the church at Corinth in 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 that we have the Holy Spirit’s help to control our thoughts. You may have heard v. 5 before

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

The “do list” involves actions of obedience. Trusting requires that we respond before we know the outcome. Dwelling requires us sitting in the presence of God. When we commit, we will step away from apathy and doubt and move forward even when we aren’t sure of the end result.

With a “do list” of actions, delight sits in the midst of these actions. Haylee DiMarco, author of A Woman Overwhelmed explains that delighting in the Lord includes choosing his path for our life instead of our own. She states “When we delight in Him, our dreams change, becoming self-less instead of selfish.”

To delight ourselves in the Lord is a choice, just as every pursuit of a relationship with him it requires intentionality on our part. God is always pursuing us, but that doesn’t mean we, in turn, shouldn’t also pursue him! The result of that pursuit includes mutual delight in each other.

Delight Goes Both Ways

Delight Goes Both Ways

31 days of delight

 

Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.
74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me for I have put my hope in your word.
75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,
    and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 May your unfailing love be my comfort,
    according to your promise to your servant.
77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
    for your law is my delight.
78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;
    but I will meditate on your precepts.
79 May those who fear you turn to me, those who understand your statutes.
80 May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees, that I may not be put to shame.

Psalm 119:73-80

For Your Law is My Delight

The Psalmist understands God’s laws are for protection, not to limit us. He begins by acknowledging God as creator and then says he has put hope in God’s word.

We’ve already explored that God delights in the humble and the obedient. This Psalm shows a reciprocation of delight for those who obey God.

Surrender = Delight

Life isn’t always easy. In many ways, it might be more accurate to say life always includes an element of “hard.” The day to day includes so many decisions. So many encounters of heartbreak and frustration as those who call themselves leaders or friends fail us again.

And yet, through all of the hard and sad delight is still possible because God is bigger than the law. God IS the law. When we align our choices with our creator we can do more than hope in God’s word. We can “wholeheartedly follow your decrees, that I may not be put to shame.”

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No More Weeping

No More Weeping

31 days of delight

 

“And I will be full of joy because of Jerusalem. I will take delight in my people. Weeping and crying will not be heard there anymore.” Isaiah 65:19

It might be tempting to assume Isaiah, an Old Testament prophet was speaking to the Israelites about the Israelites. But Isaiah was prophesying of all that still IS to come.

“See, I will create
    new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
    nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
    in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
    and its people a joy.
I will rejoice over Jerusalem
    and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
    will be heard in it no more.”

Isaiah 65:17-19

I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and it’s people a joy. God creates things to delight in them. Those who call God Savior will join him in heaven (new heaven and new earth) and will live in this delightful creation with him.

God delights in people, he delights in our actions, but he also delights in that which he creates for his people. It seems silly to wonder if God would delight in me, the creation he made most similar to his image when he would delight in all he creates.

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God Delights in How we Serve Each Other

God Delights in How we Serve Each Other

31 days of delight

 

“Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end.” Colossians 3:20

This verse is in the midst of a passage on how we are to treat each other. Colossians 3:18-25

Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

It pleases the Lord when we treat each other well. It might be viewed in this passage that Paul is specifically telling husbands/fathers, wives, and children how to treat each other in totality. I believe he is highlighting the area that had been a source of conflict for the church he was writing too.

Could these be considered equally hard?

  • Wives submit to husbands
  • Husbands love wives, don’t be harsh
  • Children obey parents
  • Fathers don’t embitter (or exasperate) children

Paul goes on to address slaves or indentured servants. Although the section is a bit longer, that might just indicate the conflict was louder. Ultimately God delights in how we treat each other because when we serve each other we serve him.

“It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.”

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This is My Son the Focus of My Delight

This is My Son the Focus of My Delight

31 days of delight

 

“While he was going on like this, babbling, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and sounding from deep in the cloud a voice: “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him.” Matthew 17:5 (MSG)

In Matthew 17 Jesus has been in full-blown ministry for a while. He’s told the disciples once about his death and Peter has responded in typical Peter fashion. And in the midst of that Jesus brings Peter, James, and John up to a mountain away from the other disciples.

In this holy moment, Jesus transfigures before the disciples’ eyes. If this isn’t amazing enough the men hear God speak! You are probably more familiar with the phrase from the NIV version. “This is my son in whom I am well-pleased.” But I love The Message version for this study on delight.

God says four things to the disciples:

  • This is my son
  • Marked by my love
  • Focus of my delight
  • Listen to him

Jesus didn’t earn God’s love, he is marked by it because he is God’s son. In the midst of ministry, God tells the disciples Jesus is the focus on his delight. And I love the timing of this experience for the disciples. Jesus has experienced 40-days in the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan and remained sinless. He has confronted Pharisees and Sadducees and healed sick people.

I am sure the disciples were getting worn out. They had been traveling for an extended time. They may have begun wondering what exactly the end game was. And in the midst of all of this God reminds them that their job is to do one thing. Listen to Jesus, because he is the focus of God’s delight.

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Delight in Showing Faithful Love

Delight in Showing Faithful Love

31 days of delight

 

“Lord, who is a God like you? You forgive sin. You forgive your people when they do what is wrong. You don’t stay angry forever. Instead, you take delight in showing your faithful love to them.” Micah 7:18

In the wilderness seasons, it can be easy to forget that God is present with us. It can also be hard to remember that God’s forgiveness is final. He does not drag up our history or hold a grudge. It does not bring God joy when distance exists in our relationship with him.

God delights in showing faithful love. What might this look like? Faithful love exists even in the seasons when we don’t feel worthy of receiving it.

Faithful Love Is Seen When:

  • When flowers bloom despite the weeds
  • When God’s presence remains consistent even while we lament
  • In the surprises of a beautiful sunset after a rainy afternoon
  • In a rainbow
  • When our child’s smiles greeted us after a nap when the morning had felt like a string of failures
  • When our prayers are heard equally regardless if they are offered once an hour, once a day, or once a year.

Faithful love is something that we do not deserve, but God delights in loving us faithfully even still.

Delight in Plain People

Delight in Plain People

31 days of delight

 

“When God, who is the best shepherd of all, comes out in the open with his rule, he’ll see that you’ve done it right and commend you lavishly. And you who are younger must follow your leaders. But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for— God has had it with the proud, But takes delight in just plain people.”                  1 Peter 5:4-5

Can I get an Amen? Oh, the joy these verses bring to me, it’s hard to contain. Delight comes with a specific boundary in 1 Peter, and it is applicable today as it was back then.

God takes delight in the plain people, NOT the proud. Leaders AND followers are to be down to earth WITH each other. (emphasis mine)

These days the news is so exhausting. It seems that those who call themselves “leaders” would prefer to keep out heart shattered into a million pieces from hate and malice for their own personal gain. The challenge for leaders in every decade is to keep the power of their position from shifting their pride. Many succeed, many fail.

In the Bible, even David, whom God called a man after his own heart, allowed the power of his position as King to get the best of him. Every leader was given a choice to submit to God and fulfill the call on their lives. Each leader God called upon was given an equal gift. God was willing to shepherd every leader, and he is ready to guide us the same way today.

God delights in our decisions to allow him to be the one to lavish praise upon us instead of seeking recognition from those around us. Humility extends to learning from those who are older than us. It extends to learning from those more experienced than us.

When leaders are humble, it delights the Lord.

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