Our guest speaker this past Sunday walked us through the first Psalm. After we saw what the blessed or happy man does not do, we zeroed in on what he does do. And verse two declares that this happy, satisfied, joy-filled believer is doing two specific things. He or she is delighting and meditating on God’s word.
I was particularly struck by the idea of “delighting.” It’s the idea of finding great pleasure in an activity or pursuit. When we delight in something, we revel in it. We take great joy rolling around in it, and we have extreme satisfaction with the experience.
We all have lots of things that delight us. Some of us take great joy in a sport or hobby that we enjoy. We can get lost in that activity. Some delight in the outdoors. We will do almost anything to get out on the ocean or trudge through the pines. But all of those kinds of experiences provide only limited satisfaction.
To be blessed, really blessed, we need to delight in God’s message to us, the Bible.
So, are we? Do we find immense pleasure reading, studying and memorizing the words given to us in the scriptures? Do we schedule our daily routines so that we can linger over meeting with the Lord? Are we expectant when we open our Bibles? Do we anticipate hearing from the God of the universe?
Or, do we even crack the book between Sundays? Do we read a bit out of obligation? Or, just “snack” on a verse that appears on our screen each morning?
If we were to be honest with one another, most of us might admit that we often “snack” on His word, dabble in His truths or just do a minimal read so we can check the devotional box. And that nominal approach robs us of the pleasures God promises for those who delight in His book. We too often find ourselves less than “happy.” And, it’s our own fault.
Pastor Bill mentioned at one point that, “you are as close to the Lord today as you want to be.” And I think he is right. The choices we make about our devotional life do indeed impact our joy.
So, if we find ourselves short of blessings this week, let’s redouble our efforts to go hang out with Jesus. He is waiting.
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.