Delighting in God

Delighting in God

One night, quite a few years ago when our children were young, Margie went to bed while the kids and I were still up. After a short time, one of our precious cherubs decided we all needed to jump in the big bed with momma! We spent the next hour laughing and having fun together—enjoying and delighting in each other.

To “delight” means to have a high degree of gratification, joy, extreme satisfaction, or something that gives great pleasure. While it is wonderful to delight in our families and friends, it is more significant to have delight in God. In Isaiah 61:10, the writer says, “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.” The reasons for that delight are spelled out in the next few lines: “God had clothed him with garments of salvation and arrayed him in a robe of righteousness.” King David shares something similar in Psalm 16:5-11:

“Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful[a] one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

These verses from the former shepherd ring with joy, thankfulness, confidence, and peace because of the work of Yahweh. But this is not some impersonal, far-off deity deciding to bless human beings. This is a God in relationship with these men. Isaiah calls Him “my God” and David states that He is “my Lord.” That is an important fact to remember. While any person in the world can know something about God, only those who truly belong to Him can experience this kind of delight. These Old Testament characters trusted in a God who promised that a Messiah would come. Today, we believe in that Savior who has already appeared (John 3:16-18)!

But there is more—the delight of relationship is reciprocal. Listen to what the Scriptures say about how the Lord looks on us who are His people:

• “As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5
• “He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
• “I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.” John 15:23
• “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Our children are older now—ranging in age from 26-31—I am not sure if we could all still fit in the big bed. But I am sure that we still share and experience great delight in each other. We have a relationship that continues to grow and develop. For our church, as we passionately Follow Jesus, we will grow in grace and knowledge, grow in our delight for Him, and will be humbled and encouraged as we grow in our understanding of His delight in us.