Monday, November 9, 2015

Delighted in the Lord

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

I took a few seconds to look up the definition of delight. It means, to gain great pleasure. Some synonyms for delight are: enjoyment, happiness, joy, bliss, rapture, elation, euphoria. I wonder if the Psalmist had all those words in mind when he wrote, “Delight yourself also in the Lord…” [Psalm 37:4]. A better question is, do those words describe your relationship with God? Do you enjoy your time in His presence? If not, why not? A delightful relationship with God is developed through commitment, trust, and patience. 

First, commit your ways to God. Invite Him to examine your desires and intentions, and to  change whatever doesn’t advance His plan and purpose for your life.  

Second, trust God. Is there anyone more worthy to receive your full confidence? Remember, He’s the One who would not spare His only Son from providing eternal salvation for all who would believe in Him [see Romans 8:32].

Third, rest in God. Don’t fret about any issues in your life. When we worry or are anxious about a situation we face, we are neither committing ourselves to the Lord nor trusting in Him. When it comes right down to it, our viewpoint, from the human perspective, is very limited. Therefore, waiting patiently rarely proves easy. But since God has infinite wisdom, and sees your circumstance from a completely different perspective, He knows when the circumstances of your life are timed perfectly for His will to be done. 

A delightful relationship can be hard work, but it need not be drudgery. Consider it a labor of love. It’s wonderful to know that we can have that kind of relationship with God. One of walking hand in hand with our God who delights in us [Psalm 16:3].

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.  Isaiah 61:10-11

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