Delighting in God

At times, the Christian life is hard. Life is full of trials, difficulties, and pain. Our response is to call out to God, often asking Him to remove the difficulty. This is not wrong. Sometimes He does. I wonder, however, instead of wishing hardship would go away, if the answer with much of our walk would be simply enjoying God. The Westminster Shorter Catechism states “man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever”. Forever can begin today, in the here and now.

By delighting in God, I am not talking about a pleasant smile that ignores reality. We do not dismiss our ordeals and think positive. The strength is the object our delight is in, not ourselves. With a deep, abiding joy we appreciate who God is and what He has done for us.

There are many ways to do so. Prayer, praise, worship, Bible reading. The Bible is full of reasons to enjoy God. I will focus on one. You may have many more to ponder.

God is awesome in holiness and almighty power. We need to let this sink into our minds. This truth cannot be overstated. We, His creatures, are rebels. Yet, He sacrificed His own Son, His dear Son, in gracious love. Jesus, the Lord of glory, stepped into history and took on flesh. He lived and experienced what we do in this troubled world. Jesus gave Himself by suffering and dying for us, though we are entirely undeserving. This kind of love is astounding. A holy God was not obligated to treat mankind in any way other than what our sinfulness deserves. Despite this, He freely gave us Himself. He seeks us out and chooses us in grace. What a wonderful Lord we serve.

I find it not only a joy to enjoy God, it transforms me. It changes me. My problems might diminish or resolve, but if they do not, they are softened in the sense I am different. It eases because God, in the Lord Jesus Christ, is all I need. My response to pain and adversity changes from dwelling on the desire for its removal, to abiding in the light of who God is and what He has done for me.

Though God has done all these things, we have no benefit unless it is received. We are required, by faith, to accept His Son. We are then no longer rebels, but His beloved children. If you have not done so, you can receive His grace today.

Psalm 37:4 states, “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart”. As we delight in Him, He is our ever increasing desire.

I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.” Psalm 16:2.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4.


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