Pure Delight!

Delight: A high degree of pleasure or enjoyment.

RocksMy oldest son (age 14) recently played keyboards on our church worship team for the first time.

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.

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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?

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15 Replies to “Pure Delight!”

  1. I realize it is a misuse of the Scripture but when I read this it came to mind: "I have no greater joy than to know my children walk in truth." I remember my mom giving me a magnet card once with that saying on it. I knew what she was saying. What a joy it is to see our children take an active part in serving. You and your hubby are doing well.

    1. I think that scripture is applicable in that the word "children" is used for a specific reason, and we as parents can relate to why it's used there. The essence of the scripture certainly applies. I am constantly amazed at what God does in the lives of my kids in spite of the human failings of their parents. His grace and mercy are amazing!

  2. Wow, I love that Samuel verse. I think God also shows His delight in just fellowshipping with us. Wanting us to come and spend time with us. Also in the world He created. When I see His works, I see a God who delights in beauty and in sharing His beauty with us.

  3. I delight in the awesomeness of God's creation and I know He delights in my praise and thanksgiving. I am thrill that your children are honoring you and God by their lives. It is a sign you and your husband are being good models and godly parents. Even on the days I don't do so well in some areas, I know He still delights in knowing I love Him and come to Him. I am glad I don't have to earn his love or blessing, but I can rest in the thought that I am His creation, and He delights in that alone.

    1. Thank you for making the point of the simplicity of His delight in is. Without effort, simole because we are His, He finds pleasure in us. That does so much for my value as a person.

  4. In my opinion, we have to focus on God's word. God's delight may come through in many ways, but there's a danger that we begin to look to those signs as indicators of God's delight. When they're not present, we start to doubt. I think that's why we have to direct our eyes towards God's word to determine if he delights in us, and not rely strictly on what we feel.
    That being said, experiencing his delight is a true pleasure.

  5. I've always been amazed about how God provides for us (Me and my family). Even when we have tight financial months, God always provides what we need and sometimes what we want:) God is faithful!

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