There are many things that can give us delight. The sorts of delights that this world offers are temporary and incomplete. Delighting in God provides an opportunity for the Creator of the Universe to delight more in us.
To delight in the Lord means
“to expect all happiness from Him, and seek it in Him”Adam Clarke
Last year, there were several challenges in our family. We went through financial, emotional, and spiritual valleys. Going through these discouraging times in our lives could be a reason not to seek happiness from the Lord. We could focus on the trials we are facing instead of seeking Him through the trials.
Most of us would pray for the fiery trials to be extinguished, when what the Lord wants is for us to continue to trust and praise Him amidst the flames. When the Lord allowed the three Hebrews to go through the flames, He did not allowed the flame to die out. He even allowed it to be heated several times. But these men who trusted in the Lord expected their Lord to do amazing things only He can do. As a result, God went with them through the fire. And not a hair was burnt. When we delight in God, He delights more in us. He will allow us see wonderful things even our minds can’t imagine.
What will be the results of delighting in the Lord?
- He will make Himself known. Although going through the challenges we went through was hard, we are thankful that through it all, God allowed Himself to be known better. We gained a little more knowledge of Who God is and what He can do in our ordinary lives. We learned that He is a personal and emotional King. We delight to know more about Him each day.
- He will reveal His glory. Our lives here on earth have this one purpose – to give glory unto the Lord. When we delight in the Lord, He will make us instruments of His mercy and grace that others would glorify Him through us. He will Himself shine through us. No matter how broken we are, His glory will shine brighter through all the holes and broken pieces.
- He will give the desires of our hearts. He will allow us to ask for things which He will delightfully provide. We have been praying. We pray individually, both me and my husband. We also pray as a family. We pray in our churches. We pray during our Bible studies. We breathe our prayer in every circumstances in our lives. As a return, God is blessing us more than we can ever imagine. All of these, for the purpose of making Himself to be known more, and to be glorified more.
The godly man never indulges a desire
which he cannot form into a prayer to God.Adam Clarke
How can we delight in the Lord?
- Trust Him. God will only delight in a person who has entrusted his whole life, even the life after this world, to Him. Is God your Savior? Have you changed your mind about the Lord? Have you admitted that you have wronged Him through your sins? Have you accepted that His death on the cross was intended for you? Have you trusted that He rose again to show you His mighty power that overcomes even death, and He did everything for you? Not one hair from your head will fall without His knowledge. He is a personal Savior. He is your Savior. He is your God. He is your main source of joy. Trust Him. Delight in Him, and He will delight more in you. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
- Ask Him. When was the last time you bowed your head in prayer? No, not the casual daily prayers we do when we thank Him for the food we eat, but the prayer where words are hard to utter, but it is your heart that talks to Him. Tell him the desires of your heart. He alone can understand them. Our trust in the Lord is shown when we often talk to Him. He wants us to be God-confident, instead of being self-confident. We cannot do things without His grace. He has given us the things that we are now enjoying because He delights in us. Our daily life is through His mercy alone. One snap of His fingers, He can destroy not just half of the universe, but everything in it, because He created everything. The more we ask Him, the more He delights to listen to our prayers and answer us according to His lovingkindness. Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
- Listen to Him. Reading God’s Words is listening to the Lord. He talks to us. As a friend who wants to always be with us or as a lover who shares the intimate longing of the hearts, the Lord is talking to us through His Word. Listen to Him every day. When we pray, He always answer. His answers may not always be a “Yes”. It might be a “No” or a “Wait”, but these are still answers from Him. He always answers our prayer. It is us who most of the times are not attentive to Him. Listen to God. Don’t let the noise of this world drown His loving words unto you. Be S-I-L-E-N-T within, so that you can L-I-S-T-E-N from above. Deuteronomy 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
- Thank Him. Delighting in the Lord is having an attitude of gratefulness… in everything. Whatever climate our lives may be in righ now, thank Him! You don’t have to understand everything, but there are trillion reasons to thank Him. Stop for a while and count your blessings. All these blessings are from Him. Return the favor by thanking Him and delighting in Him. Psalm 97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
- Praise Him. We are created to praise. Don’t let the day pass by without lifting the Lord up through your praise of Him. Sing! Sing in your hearts to the Lord! A golden voice is not required. What God requires is a humble heart that rejoices over Him. Such delight overflows from the heart to the mouth through songs of praise. Psalm 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
- Share Him. God is a personal Savior, but He delights in us when we make Him public in our lives. When was the last time you share His good news of salvation? When was the last time you testified of His goodness in your life? He is a personal Lord, but He is King of all. He is a public God. Make Him known. Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
- Obey Him. The more delight we have in the Lord, the more we are willing to obey Him. The more we desire Him in our lives, the more we draw away from temptations that grieve His Spirit in us. Obedience to the Lord will not become inconvenient, but a delight. We should be sensitive to His pleadings in every step of our lives. We should always bow down to His will in our lives. The more obedient we are, the more He delights in us. 1Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
We cannot “out-delight” God.
The more we delight in Him, the more He delights in us!
King James Bible
Adam Clarke’s Commentary