Journey Through The Bible Hero

JUNE 29, 2021 DEVOTION

2 Kings 15:1 – 16:20, Acts 19:13-41, Psalm 147:1-20, Proverbs 18:4-5

“The Lord’s delight is in those who honor Him, those who put their hope in His unfailing love.” (Psalm 147:11 NLT)

Question – “What does it take to cause you to be delighted?” Most people experience delight through positive and fulfilling relationships in life.

Others receive a form of delight through the possessions they garner, the accolades they receive, the accomplishments they experience, or the hobbies they invest their time and energy in. Some people also receive a form of delight from ungodly activities they involve themselves in, although sooner or later they find that type of delight is only temporal and unsatisfying.

The Lord wants us to experience “delight” in our lives. Jesus said in John 10:10: “I am come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly.” Paul wrote in Romans 14:17: “The kingdom of God is . . . righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Psalm 37:3-4 reads: “Trust in the Lord, and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” The Lord wants to meet our godly desires and bring delight to our lives, and He has promised to do so when we are trusting in Him, living right, and delighting in Him.

The Bible also teaches that bringing delight to the Lord should be the priority of our lives. Revelation 4:11 reads, “You (God) created everything (and everyone), and it is for Your pleasure that they exist and were created.” We were created to bring delight and enjoyment to the Lord. God made us just to enjoy us. One of the reasons we’re alive is because God gets enjoyment out of watching us. Parents and grandparents of children can understand that. They enjoy watching their children, at least most of the time. The same is true with God. Most of the time He enjoys watching us, observing how we are doing in our lives, and looking into our hearts to see the measure of our love for Him and for others.

Second Question – “What does it take to bring delight to the Lord?” There are different perspectives of what it means to bring delight to the Lord. Many people struggle to bring delight to the Lord through religious activity and living “almost perfect lives.” They put forth great effort trying to please the Lord in the ways they think will bring honor and delight to God. Others think (or hope) that the Lord is delighted when they simply acknowledge Him from time to time, or make decisions that are in accordance with His Word from time to time. Our text tells us the Lord is delighted not by our religious activities or half-hearted efforts, but that He is delighted when we simply honor Him and put our hope and trust in Him.

Third Question – “What does it mean to honor the Lord?” To honor someone means that we respect and revere them, and we prioritize them in our lives. Jesus best explained what it means to honor the Lord when He said in Matthew 22:37-38: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Loving the Lord, living for the Lord, and prioritizing the Lord is all a part of honoring the Lord and brings God pleasure and delight.

Fourth Question – “What does it mean to put our hope in God’s unfailing love?” Putting our hope in God is what faith is all about. What is faith? An acrostic for faith is Forsaking All I Trust Him. That’s where God wants us to be and that’s what God wants us to do. When we fully and completely put our faith and trust in the Lord and His love for us, it brings delight to Him.

Most days we are focused on achieving our own delight. Let’s commit to the Lord that from now on we want to bring as much or more delight to Him as He brings to our lives!

As you pray today: 1) Pray for the Lord to show you how you can bring delight to Him in every arena of your life today; 2) Pray that your faith in the Lord will be strengthened, and that you will honor Him today in all that you think, say and do; and 3) Share with the Lord what would bring delight to you. Remember, the Lord will give you your heart’s desire when you are delighting in Him.