I love to look up the definition of words I have read or heard, even when I already have a general idea of what it means. While reading today I came upon the word delight, which I found sandwiched in the dictionary between the words delicious and Delilah. This is how Webster defines the word delight: to give great pleasure, to be highly pleased; rejoice. Armed with this knowledge, I headed to Scripture to see if this would change my interpretation of several familiar verses. My first stop was Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I will admit that I’ve spent most of my time thinking about the second part of this verse, He will give me the desires of my heart, but this time I focused on the first part, delight yourself in the Lord. Knowing the definition of the word delight, I should be living my life in such a way that pleases and gives great pleasure to the Lord. When I live my life in this way the desires of my heart will be the same as God’s desires for me. There are many other verses in the Bible that talk about us delighting in the Lord; however, there are also verses about the Lord delighting in us. In 2 Samuel 22:20 David says this about the Lord: “He brought me out into a broad place: he rescued me because he delighted in me.” In 2 Chronicles 9:8 The Queen of Sheba, upon observing Solomon’s wealth and wisdom, said “Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on his throne as king for the Lord your God….” What an incredible privilege to have the God who formed the Universe delight in you! I struggle to wrap my head around the fact that God would delight in me, I’m not a king like David or wise like Solomon, I’m just plain old me. In Ephesians 5:8 we see the ultimate example of how much God truly delights in all of us (me included) “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Somewhere between delicious and Delilah I found the incredible hope that comes from knowing that God delights in me!