Psalm 147:11 the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
Last night I came home from work and my darling Donna had one of my very favorite meals prepared. When I saw what she had made I was beside myself with joy, excitement, anticipation – you name it. Then I got to sit down with her and eat this glorious meal!!! I savored and delighted in every bite. It’s one of those meals – and she has many of them – where you leave no room for dessert because the meal is just too good – dessert can wait!!
During the meal she looked at me and smiled and my delight just went into orbit! Then I hear her laughter and am overwhelmed with the joy of being near her. And to think that I get to come home to her every day! She loves me so and I get to spend my life loving her. Talk about delight!!!
But what makes it even better is the fact that in the midst of all of this we are overwhelmed with the wonder and goodness of our God and His incredible love and kindness to us. The delight that Donna and I have in each other is a savory taste of the delight that He wants to have in us. It is so stunning that we can live lives that result in our Lord delighting in us.
Think about becoming passionate about bringing Him delight – where we delight in delighting Him! He enables us to live lives that can bring this about. They are lives that are truly consistent with what it means to love. Rightly responding to His Spirit makes that the utmost priority in our lives – loving Him and loving one another. This is a primary fruit of fearing the Lord.
The fear of the Lord isn’t a negative, it’s a positive! It isn’t “We have to walk in His ways – or else” – But it’s “Oh my goodness, we GET TO walk in His ways” His word is the “treasure map” that fills our storehouses with gold while searching for the treasure!
If each of us had a list made of the things we truly and experientially delight in, is our relationship and daily interaction with our Lord and God on that list? The great news is if it is missing on our list of delights – our Lord says “Walk with me and I will enable you to make it so!”