Sunday August 4, 2019 – What do you delight in?

Proverbs 11:20 The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.

What things come to mind when you consider the idea of being delighted with something?  They might involve people, food, travel, hobbies, special moments – but whatever they are, they are special.  They are things that give extreme pleasure, satisfaction or joy.

The first thought in my mind this morning when I think of being delighted with something is playing with my grandchildren and seeing them laugh.  I delight in my wife, Donna; in beautiful sunsets; seeing flocks of Canada geese; being with our children; walks on the ocean shore; being with good friends; seeing the Ohio State Buckeyes football team win; talking about the Lord with young men and women.

You might delight in a quiet time with a good book or sitting in front of a fire place on a winter evening with a good cup of coffee.  There is delight in helping others; in doing a job well; in persevering and overcoming a difficult obstacle; in worshipping the Lord and experiencing His presence.

There are so many things that can bring us delight – but shift your thinking from what brings you delight, to the sensation of delight itself.  Think of the pleasure, the joy, the warm feelings – the satisfaction – the sensation of not wanting the moment to end.

‘Delight’ is far beyond being merely satisfied or pleased with something.  It is truly something special.  This is what God experiences in us when our ways are blameless.  Think of it! – We are able to bring our God delight – extreme pleasure – by living our lives the way He wants us to.  May we delight in delighting Him.

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. Three 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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