Delight in God

 

By Don Ruhl

 

Has it occurred to you that you can and should enjoy God? In Job 22:26, it is written: “For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, And lift up your face to God.”

I want to suggest something to you: you can delight in God. You can enjoy Him. Should this not be a reason why you gather with other believers at worship assemblies? Nothing should give you more pleasure than to worship God, to be in His presence during the assembly. If you arrive thinking only that you have to pray, that you have to take the Lord’s Supper, that you have to give your money, that you have to sing, that you have to hear a sermon, that you have to be present and you are wondering when it will be over, you have not yet learned to delight in God.

Have you seen the look on a young man’s face or a young woman’s face, when you mention the one he or she loves? When I perform weddings, it is quite obvious that the groom and bride delight in each other.

What happens inside of you when someone mentions God? Are you embarrassed, or delighted?

To say we can delight in the Almighty is not the same as knowing that He exists, or that we believe in Him. We can know He exists, but wish that He did not. We can believe in Him, but regret that we do. Delighting in God means that we are glad that He exists. We know how dreadful life would be without God.

Charles Spurgeon said: “We delight to see God in the shadow of every passing cloud, in the colouring of every opening flower, in the glitter of every dewdrop, in the twinkling of every star.” That is, delighting in God means that we are glad for what, and who He is.

Thus, I accept with pleasure all His attributes. The man, who delights in the love of God, but despises the wrath of God; does that man truly delight in God? The man, who delights in the wrath of God, but despises the love of God; does that man truly delight in God? We do not delight in God as we conceive of Him, but we savor Him as He has revealed Himself in Scripture and in Jesus Christ.

Delighting in God means that we are glad for all He does. We will be like Eli in First Samuel 3:18 when Samuel spoke to Eli the high priest about what God had said about Eli, “Then Samuel told him everything, and hid nothing from him. And he said, ‘It is the LORD. Let Him do what seems good to Him.’”

Can we still find reason to delight in God when we have nothing else? Lamentations 3:22–24 are the words of Jeremiah as he surveys the ruined city of Jerusalem. The Babylonians had utterly wasted the city, killing many of the Israelites. The temple was no more. Nevertheless, the weeping prophet cries these words of hope: “Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’”

Dwell upon the implications of Jeremiah’s confession. The Lord was the prophet’s portion. Jeremiah was saddened greatly by what had happened to Jerusalem, but he was not utterly ruined.

When you enjoy God, you enjoy everything about Him. Therefore, as the psalmists, let enjoyment of God be the focus of your life. “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psa. 34:8–10). “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psa. 37:4).

As you have read the book of Psalms, have you not noticed that the various psalmists enjoy God, delighting in Him in every situation of life? To see how this is true, consider why the book of Psalms was written. All other books of the Bible were written as God directed a message through a prophet to the people. Psalms has a different approach. A psalm is a message from a man inspired by the Holy Spirit, representing us, before God. God wanted us to have a book in which we can see others delighting in their relationship with Him. This is what He wants from you!

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