Read: Psalm 147
Consider: Delight seems to be a natural human response to things that please us. Yet have you considered why as humans we take delight in things? In Genesis 1:26-27 we are told:
Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
This does not mean that our outward appearance looks like God, but rather that God mirrors his characteristics in our spirit. One of the characteristics of God is that he takes delight in things and that explains why as humans we can also be delighted by things.
In the Bible, the Hebrew and Greek words translated as ‘delight’ carry with them the breadth of meaning to include ‘take pleasure in’, ‘be pleased by’, ‘be well pleased’, ‘think well of’ and ‘rejoice with’. As such, delight tends to convey exuberant pleasure.
There are many instances in Scripture where God is described as taking delight; one such place is in Matthew 12:18 where we are told that God delights in his Son, Jesus Christ. In other instances (e.g. Deuteronomy 30:9-10; 1 Samuel 15:22) we are told that God delights in those whose lives are submitted to him.
Returning to the verses from Psalm 147 quoted above, it is obvious that God’s delight is not in physical strength; what he delights in is spiritual strength. This does not mean that God is down on us being successful. What he wants is that our success does not take pride of place in our lives, squeezing him out. In Jeremiah 9:23-24 it states:
This is what the LORD says: ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD.
Don’t be afraid to show your delight when something pleases you. It is a God given characteristic and should be used.
Pray: Father, we recognise that you take delight in us when we turn our back on sin and come to you for forgiveness. May we also delight in you, being willing to submit our lives to your authority. Amen