He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.
Psalm 147:10-11 NASB
He doesn’t take pleasure in the strength of horses. He doesn’t take delight in the strong legs of warriors. The Lord takes delight in those who have respect for him. They put their hope in his faithful love. Psalm 147:10-11 NIrV
The first thing I notice with reading these two versions of the Bible is that the words “delight” and “take pleasure” seem to be interchangeable. This is confirmed by looking up the words in the dictionary.
Delight and Pleasure
Pausing to Discover
I’ve learned it’s important to look up English words and confirm the definitions that were understood at the time the English version of the Bible was being interpreted from the original Greek and Hebrew.
Cultural terminology emphasizes or substitutes words at different times in history. A word can change the context of a Bible verse if read with modern interpretations.
Recently words like special and extra have not had a complete change in definition, but there is a shift that may cause someone to be called special. It can now be understood as being called special as a negative thing.
Taking all of that into account, it seems reasonable to conclude that when delight is used instead of pleasure the definition for either word is enjoyment or satisfaction.
Delight and Favor
The Lord favors those who fear Him
The Lord takes delight in those who have respect for him.
When I break out the synonyms and definitions of delight in this way it confirms to me that I have been drawn to the word delight accurately.
I long for God to enjoy my choices, and to enjoy a relationship with me. I desire to win the favor of my King. Confirmation of understanding is an important step, but the how of delight has not yet been revealed.
I’m participating in Write 31 Days this month. I’ll be writing on Delight. Join me here each day in the month of October for a short reflection on something I’m learning about what God is delighted by, and how delight connects us to him.