October 13

Delighting in His Word

Psalm 119:16, 18 I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word…. Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wonderful things from Your instruction.

Psalm 119:24 Your decrees are my delight and my counselors.

Psalm 119:77 May Your compassion come to me so that I may live, for Your instruction is my delight.

Psalm 119:143 Trouble and distress have overtaken me, but Your commands are my delight.

Psalm 1:2 Instead, [the happy man’s] delight is in the LORD’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.

What do you delight in? Take a moment—there are many things. A great friendship, certain things in God’s creation, a good book, a hot bath, a great cup of coffee. Elevating the list might encompass more spiritual delights, as being in a great worship service, hearing God’s word preached with power and passion, or seeing someone you know brought to Christ.

How about God’s word? Since His word can mean His leading or instruction, let’s narrow it even further—the Bible? Certainly we are delighted when something comes alive to us, or as we often put it, “jumps off the page.” We know that is the Holy Spirit using God’s word to speak something specific to us.

But what about the other times, when those “Holy Spirit moments,” those rhemas, are few and far between. Forget what your head tells you the right answer ought to be, and check your heart. Do you approach the reading of His Word with a dutiful heart? With fear? With anticipation? Curiosity? Joy?

The author of Psalm 119 delighted in God’s word. Delight is obviously more than simply a favorable feeling about something. Delight goes deep, and brings a profound and often moving sense of joy. The plural—delights—brings to mind a host of happy associations.

We might have one of two responses to the psalm and the psalmist. We might see the gap between where the psalmist is and where we are in relation to God’s Word, and we might get discouraged, or even self-condemning. Let’s not do that. Instead, let’s see that delighting in His word is a real possibility, that if the psalmist can find that delight, so can we.

Let’s make delighting in His word a topic of prayer, or a spiritual goal that we leave in His hands to work in us. He knows His word, and also knows us, and knows what it will take to move us to that position of delight. Let’s begin with a desire and a prayer, and let’s allow Him the freedom to bring us to that delight.

Prayer: Father, I want to be like the psalmist; I want to delight in Your Word. Please do Your part, and help me to do mine. Direct, add, subtract—do whatever it takes. But lead me to see and receive the delights of Your Word.

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