Delight: A high degree of pleasure or enjoyment.
My youngest (age 12) gave up about 20 hours in the last few weeks of summer vacation to haul rocks for our church landscaping.
My heart truly feels full when my kids use their time, talents and treasure to bless others. My pure delight in my kids fills me to overflowing with joy when they move beyond their personal comfort to serve God. In fact, when they bless others, I am eager to bless them.
God feels the same way about His kids. He also wants to bless us when we honor him in any area of our lives.
“. . . he delights in those with integrity” (Proverbs 11:20).
“. . . he delights in the prayers of the upright” (Proverbs 15:8).
“My strong enemy was too strong for me but the Lord was my strength and support. He brought me into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me” (Psalm 18:17-19).
When we live with integrity, He delights in us. When His kids pray, He’s delighted. He delights so much in the upright that He infuses them with strength and support, and He enlarges and delivers them.
When I bless my kids, they never wonder what what’s happening. They know I am pleased with them and that I’m showing that pleasure in a tangible way.
God’s delight in us comes through in obvious ways too, but His blessings far exceed any I give my kids. God’s blessings include…
- Strength – Courage, power & energy.
- Support – Supply, brace & preserve.
- Enlargement – Amplification, increase & growth.
- Deliverance – Freedom, relief & salvation.
The following verses capture these specific blessings well…
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He will make me as surefooted as a deer and bring me safely over the mountain.” (Zephaniah 3:19)
“They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.” (2 Samuel 22:19-20, ESV)
“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.” (1 Chronicles 4:10)
“You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah” (Psalm 32:7)
Being a parent helps me understand how God feels about me, how He delights in my obedience and wants to bless me when I turn to Him. Just like I want to bless my kids when I am delighted with them, God even more so delights in and wants to bless me. And just as my kids don’t have to guess when I am blessing them out of my delight with them, God’s blessings of delight come through loud and clear in my own life as well.
DISCUSSION: In what other ways does God show His delight?