Saturday January 12 – The wonder of “delight”!

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!”

About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Four years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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1 Response to Saturday January 12 – The wonder of “delight”!

  1. Tim Enders says:

    Amen brother. You are truly blessed with Donna and myself with Julie and most of all our Lord and Savior. I missed your post. Did you take some time off?

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