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The Mystery of Delight!

 is for Delight
1.
a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: 
2.
something that gives great pleasure: 
The
word Delight takes on a different hue depending on the appetite needed to fill
our heart. Is the delight found in the ‘bon appetite’ coupled with status of
the upper echelon of sophisticated society? Is it a desire for beauty in this
world satisfied with growing a garden of flowers or painting endless paintings
with a variety of hues? Is it an architectural wonder to own? Is it the
‘perfect family’? What is it we see when we hear the word Delight?

In a moment of word-filled emotion I wrote, “Delight is the sweet scent of
flowers, the texture of deep blue velvet, the eye-filling extraordinary sights
of rainbows, sunsets and sunrises, plus colors of spring and fall rolled into
one awesome vista. Delight accompanies the melody of love, so scintillating.”

In every day life, Delight descends upon me through the words of my husband of
62 ½ years. I am soaking his foot to remove a callus, feeding him his midday
meal, taking his blood pressure, giving him his eye-drops and then he
remembers.  He speaks of the delight of our marriage – from the first
moment he saw me. He delights in how I take care of him. He speaks through the constant
haze of moderate dementia. He speaks of the feeling of timidity and awe of the
responsibility he felt as we began to build our relationship as husband and
wife. I thank God that he remembers and can still voice his love for me after
so many years together.

Yes, there is much to delight in around us in this world. Fortunes disappear;
houses fall into heaps of rubbish, cars rust. Fame is fleeting. What then is
there to delight in that is lasting? The answer is love and the relationships
that love begets. I Corinthians 13:13 – Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and
the greatest of these is love
.

How do we recognize Delight? Dr. Larry Crabb, in his book Connecting: Healing Ourselves and our Relationships, describes the
relationship, connection. How does a relationship begin? What do we see in
someone else that precedes a relationship.  After I read this illustration, I will ever
think of the physical body-language that grows into a delight-filled relationship.
“Brennan told me of his spiritual director’s curious habit of hopping three
times whenever he saw Brennan after an extended absence. He jumped up and down
with delight.” A year later my wife and I tumbled out of a crowded elevator
into the hotel lobby teeming with conference participants. “I caught a glimpse of Brennan’s white hair
and unmistakable smile. He turned and saw us. Immediately he jumped up and
down. I was warmed to the bottom of my heart.”

Romans 15:7, “Therefore,
accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given
glory.”
  Imagine with me Our
Lord Jehovah’s Delight as we come to Him. Does He give a hop of joy? Do
we?  We are His creation. We often see
ourselves as unworthy of His Love. He gave His Son as our Savior, that we may
enjoy an eternal relationship with God our Father.

He delights in us. We wonder why. The Bible tells us. Oh, it tells us why. And
each verse creates a closer relationship with us. As He delights in us, we also
learn to delight in Him, who is our life, our joy and our all in all. Larry
Crabb writes that there are three elements of relationship.  1.  The
first element is a taste of Christ delighting in us. We love
each other because he loved us first. 
I John 4:19. 
We love each other because we see His Love in others,
and this is what we want in our lives. 
This brings change in our relationships with others.

 2.  The
second element is a diligent search for what is good. Instead of trying to
‘fix’ others, which is not in our power, we discover God-changes in others’
lives and affirm it.
3.  The third element is an exposure of what is
bad or painful. This element is not possible without the first two.   When
exercised, it exposes the bad in order to unleash the good.

In her last days, my Mom often said, “God spoils me so much.”  Then I couldn’t understand how she could
consider having a terminal disease as being spoiled.  Then I read… Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm
37:4

The
mystery of delight comes through a childlike faith and relationship /
connection with our creator. He is the author of delight. Delight’s first
cousin is gratitude. A deep thanksgiving of all God is. Gratitude is an
awareness of walking with Him, awake or sleeping. An expectation of delight comes
in menial everyday tasks. Delight is the knowing of ecstasy and purity of
Jehovah Jireh that never ends, another sense that is God given. A fountain of
love that springs eternal from his being. 
Read
these verses and let the words dwell in your heart with His delight.  Ask yourself, “Do I delight in my
Savior?”  and then ask, “Does my Lord
delight in me?”
• The Lord detests
the sacrifice of the wicked,

but he delights in the prayers of the upright.
Proverbs 37:4
  The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he
delights in the prayers of the upright. Proverbs 15:8
  Oh, the joys of
those who do not

follow the advice of the wicked, or stand
around with sinners,
or join in with
mockers.
But they delight in the law of
the Lord,
meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.  Their leaves
never wither,
and they prosper in all
they do.  Psalm 1:1-3
  The Lord detests lying lips, but
he delights in those who tell the truth. Proverbs 12:22
  Enter his
gates with thanksgiving;
go into his
courts with praise.
Give thanks to him
and praise his name.  Psalm 100:4
  The Lord detests people with crooked
hearts,
but he delights in those with integrity.  Proverbs 11:20
•  Where is
another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the
sins of his special people? You will not stay angry with your people forever,
because you delight in showing unfailing love. Micah 7:18

  Praise
the Lord your God, who
delights in you and has placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of
the Lord’s eternal love for
Israel, he has made you king so you can rule with justice and
righteousness.”  I Kings 10:9

  “Then you will take
delight in the Almighty and look up to God.
You will pray to him, and he will
hear you, and you will fulfill your vows to him.
  Job 22: 25-27
  Your laws are
my treasure; they are my heart’s delight.  Psalm 119:111

  Praise
the Lord! How good to sing
praises to our God! How delightful
and how fitting!
  Psalm 147:1

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