If you are delighting in a new car, you want everyone to see it and ride in it with you. You talk about it, you brag about it as you describe everything about it. It might be a new house you are delighted with. Or it might be a new friend. Hopefully you still delight in your spouse and your children and your grandchildren. You get excited and express your joy when you are in their presence and they sense it. You give them your fullest attention and listen carefully to their every word. You laugh when they tell you something funny. You want to cry and weep with them when they are hurting, and they tell you something sad. You will do those things that you know will please them and bring them pleasure and joy. You take the time to discover their love language and you communicate with them in it.
My friend, that is what the LORD wants you to do with Him. To delight in the LORD means that you really want to spend time with Him in His Word. You will be delighted to listen to, read, study, memorize and meditate on His Word. It won’t be just a chore or a habit you need to check off each day. A great chapter to read and meditate on, if you want to truly discover what it means to delight in the LORD, would be John 15 where Jesus gives the discourse on the True Vine and the branches. In verse 7, Jesus says: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” Wow! That almost sounds the same as Psalm 37:4!
For sure, when you are delighting in the LORD you want to be attentive to His voice and His desires (John 10:27). “My sheep hear My voice and I know them, and they follow me”. To follow Him means you desire to do those things “that are well pleasing in His sight” (Hebrews 10:21). It means, that like a waiter in a restaurant waiting on us to make sure we are pleased with their service, we are waiting on the LORD. Psalm 123:2, “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He has mercy on us.”
Read and meditate on the following verses: 1 Thessalonians 4:1, “Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.” Colossians 1:10, “So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Ephesians 5:8-10, “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.”
Jesus gave us this example with His own life: John 8:29, “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him." When we are doing those things that please Him it means we bring Him great pleasure! We will delight to spend time in prayer and communion with Him. We will delight in fellowshipping, loving, and worshipping with His people, the Church.
Lastly, we will make sure that nothing comes between us and the LORD, like unconfessed sin. “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin…If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:7&9)
LORD, today we want to delight in You and do those things that are “well pleasing in Your sight”!