Delight. It’s the word of the week.
** If you are ready to leave this post because you are lacking any and all delight in your life, please stay with me.
What delights you? In other words, what brings you great pleasure, enjoyment, or ecstatic joy (a.k.a. rapture)? What pleases you highly?
Is it the vibrant colors that declare fall has arrived? Is it snuggling up with your husband with a glass of wine and your favorite blanket? Is it baking homemade apple pie with your children? Is it quality family time? Is it a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks? Is it a hot cup of tea and a book? Is it bonding-time with your girlfriends? Is it fresh paint on a tired wall? Think about some things that you take delight in.
Got the feeling? If so, then you are ready for the next sentence.
Did you know that the Creator of the Universe takes great delight in you? In YOU?
Psalm 149:4, NLT
For the Lord delights in his people;
he crowns the humble with victory.
Zephaniah 3:17, NLT
For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
And you don’t have to do anything for Him to take delight in you. He just does because He loves you that much! Unconditionally and fully.
But when we get to a place where we take delight in Him, then we truly begin to understand the relationship He desires to have with each and every one of us. A personal, authentic, delightful relationship that no earthly delight can match.
Psalm 37:4, NLT
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
At first glance, you may be inclined to seek a relationship with the LORD so that you can get everything your heart desires on this earth. Isn’t that what it says?
Here’s the truth: When we get to a place in our relationship with the LORD where we truly delight in Him, then we have begun to know His heart and value what He values.
AND THE STUFF THAT WE WERE CHASING AFTER BEGINS TO TAKE A BACK SEAT.
Ecclesiastes, believed to have been written by King Solomon, is an Old Testament book that makes it clear that the things of this world come and go; the only thing that is certain on this side of heaven is the change of season:
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, NIV
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
What season are you in?
If you are in a season of weeping, mourning, silence, or the fight of your life, I realize that finding anything delightful is difficult. Cling to this, Mustard Seed Girl: we serve a God who is unchanging and who can handle your grief, wrestling, questioning, and utter despair. He still delights in you during these darkest of dark times and desires to be your go-to in these tough moments.
Look at the Beatitudes written in Matthew 5. Notice the first two emotional conditions Jesus mentions: the poor in spirit and those who mourn.
The Sermon on the Mount
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
His unchanging, constant, faithful presence is something you can take delight in. Even when your life turns upside down, He remains fixed on you with a love that has the ability to overwhelm you. Let Him delight you with who He is. In a world that promises nothing but change, He offers safety, security, and comfort.
Nehemiah 8:1, ESV
And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Claim delights this week, Mustard Seed Girls. Take time to enjoy the things the LORD has graciously provided. But don’t stop there. Get to know Him a little more this week. Delight in Him. Read His word. Revisit my “Wait. . . what?” series and be reminded of His amazingness. Recall all the times He has graced you with kindness.
I do delight in the gorgeous fall color that surrounds me. I delight in snuggling up with my husband. I delight in baking fall goodies with my girls. I delight in a PSL from Starbucks. I delight in so many things that I don’t have time to list, but not one of these matches the delight I have in knowing Jesus personally.
Don’t miss Him- the ultimate D-E-L-I-G-H-T.
Psalm 16:11, ESV
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.