The world is a marvelous place, filled with many blessings that serve as a testament to God’s boundless love for us. The rising sun that heralds the break of dawn, the radiant smile of a child, or the comforting aroma of freshly brewed coffee – these everyday moments remind us that our Heavenly Father constantly showers us with his benevolence. As His cherished children, it is essential to recognize and delight in the good gifts He bestows upon us.
In Psalm 37:4 (ESV), the Bible gently implores us to “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” This is not merely an invitation but an open secret to the joy-filled life that our Creator intends for us. But what does it mean to ‘delight’ in the Lord?
Delighting in God is not about a fleeting sense of pleasure. It is a deep, profound joy that springs from knowing and loving our Creator. It is reveling in His presence, delighting in His word, and cherishing His love. It involves recognizing and appreciating His abundant gifts that color our everyday life with hues of grace and gratitude.
It is important to realize that God delights in us, His children. Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV) reveals, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” Isn’t it incredible to think that the Almighty God takes delight in us?
Just as a father smiles at the innocent giggles of his child, God rejoices in our genuine attempts to walk in His ways, to understand His word, and to live a life that reflects His love. Our imperfections do not deter His delight. Instead, He rejoices in our progress toward righteousness and holiness.
We often become engrossed in our worries and fears, overlooking the myriad blessings that the Father showers upon us. Our minds become preoccupied with unfulfilled desires and unsolved problems. Amid such turmoil, we forget to delight in God’s good gifts.
The key to experiencing God’s delight is to pause, look around, and recognize the abundance He has poured into our lives. James 1:17 (ESV) reminds us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” The seemingly mundane aspects of life – a shared laughter with a friend, a heartfelt prayer, a mesmerizing sunset, or even the peace that comes after a long day – are divine gifts meant to remind us of His constant presence and enduring love.
God’s gifts are not solely for our enjoyment but also tools for us to draw closer to Him. The beauty of nature reflects His majesty as the heavens declare His glory. The love of our families and friends mirrors His unconditional love. The peace that fills our hearts during moments of prayer is a testament to His comforting presence.
Delighting in these gifts involves an act of thanksgiving. My husband, Peter, does this well. He daily has a heart of gratitude that acknowledges God as the Giver, praises Him for His generosity, and shares His love with others. Having a grateful heart involves recognizing that every blessing is a token of God’s affection and a reminder of His delight in us.
Delight, in essence, is a divine exchange of joy. As we delight in God’s gifts, we partake in His joy. In return, our delight brings joy to the heart of God. This beautiful interchange strengthens our bond with our Heavenly Father, giving us peace, gratitude, and fulfillment that transcends our understanding.
Friends, let us strive to delight in the Lord and His gifts every day. As we do, we will discover that our deepest desires align with God’s will for our lives.
Misty Phillip is a Co-Founder of Spark Media, alongside her husband, where they equip and empower Christian Podcasters. Together they host the Spark Influence Podcast. They’ve been married for almost three decades and have three grown boys.
Misty is a sought-after inspirational speaker and the author of the award-winning Bible Study: The Struggle is Real: But so is God, and the host of the popular By His Grace Podcast.