Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Different Delight

No, the LORD's delight is in those who fear him, those who put their trust in his unfailing love. (Psalm 147:11, NLT)
When you think about the things that delight you--those things that bring you pleasure--what comes to mind?  A favorite food, a sunset at the beach, or the latest technological gadget?  Perhaps it is the peace of knowing that there is enough money to pay the bills or the joy of seeing your children walk with the Lord.  Delight can manifest itself a thousand different ways if we live each day with thankful hearts and acknowledge God as the source of all blessings.  But a heart that has grown cold toward God will never be delighted by the things of this world.

What if your life is overshadowed by problems that steal your joy and taking delight in anything becomes an elusive fantasy?  When our trust and affections are misplaced and our focus is on our problems instead of on God, it doesn't take long for our joy to erode and completely disappear.  How can we recapture our delight in God and the joy that he promises us as believers?

Maybe we need to camp out on the truth that God has a different definition of delight than we do.  Psalm 147:11 (NIV) tells us that God "delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love."  No matter how unpleasant our circumstances might be or how much we struggle with hopelessness and sin, if we put our hope in God's unfailing love he still delights in us!  I don't know about you, but knowing that God delights in me regardless of how I may feel at the moment gives me hope and restores my joy.

If you are struggling to find joy today, rekindle your relationship with God by placing your hope in his unfailing love.  Take your eyes off your circumstances and turn to the promises of his Word, knowing that he delights in those who fear him.  As you delight yourself in the Lord, trusting in and focusing on him, he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4) and keep you in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).

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