What has captured your undivided attention…ignited your passion…enlisted your energy…brought renewed interest and excitement…and given a new sense of purpose to your life?
What brings delight to your life? What thrills and excites you?
I delight to do Your will, O my God;
Your Law is within my heart.”
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
Definition of delight (according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary)
1. a high degree of gratification or pleasure : JOY; children squealing in delight; also : extreme satisfaction
2. something that gives great pleasure; her performance was a delight
3. archaic : the power of affording pleasure; of more delight than hawks or horses be— Shakespeare
Commenting on the Hebrew word translated “delight”, the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia has this:
The element of joy, of delight in God and His law and will, in the Hebrew religion is noteworthy as being something which we are apt to fall beneath even in the clearer light of Christianity.
W. L. Walker
Recently, I have been conducting a more intensive and extensive study of Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible. I decided to do this because, in the past, I have memorized several key Bible verses in this psalm that have helped me, and because, as the Director of Light of Life Ministry, I lead a ministry devoted to and focused on helping believers gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word.
It is a remarkable psalm for several reasons:
• The longest chapter in the Bible is devoted to a single purpose: to extol and to call attention to the Word of God
• It is a beautiful and intricate acrostic poem: each stanza of 8 verses begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet (and since there are 22 letters in the alphabet, there are 22 stanzas) and each verse in a particular stanza begins with the letter of that stanza
• It is 176 verses long because 22 stanzas times 8 verses each stanza equals 176
• It utilizes at least 8 different words to describe the Word of God (which I will discuss in another post)
• It is repetitive in the use of words and themes without seeming so
One repeated theme is that of “delight in God’s Word.” I note the following (emphasis mine):
• Psalms 119:14 (WEB) I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies, as much as in all riches.
• Psalms 119:16 (WEB) I will delight myself in your statutes. I will not forget your word.
• Psalms 119:20 (WEB) My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.
• Psalms 119:24 (WEB) Indeed your statutes are my delight, and my counselors.
• Psalms 119:35 (WEB) Direct me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in them.
• Psalms 119:47 (WEB) I will delight myself in your commandments, because I love them.
• Psalms 119:54 (WEB) Your statutes have been my songs, in the house where I live.
• Psalms 119:70 (WEB) Their heart is as callous as the fat, but I delight in your law.
• Psalms 119:72 (WEB) The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of pieces of gold and silver.
• Psalms 119:77 (WEB) Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight.
• Psalms 119:92 (WEB) Unless your law had been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
• Psalms 119:97 (WEB) How I love your law! It is my meditation all day.
• Psalms 119:111 (WEB) I have taken your testimonies as a heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
• Psalms 119:113 (WEB) I hate double-minded men, but I love your law.
• Psalms 119:119 (WEB) You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross. Therefore I love your testimonies.
• Psalms 119:127 (WEB) Therefore I love your commandments more than gold, yes, more than pure gold.
• Psalms 119:129 (WEB) Your testimonies are wonderful, therefore my soul keeps them.
• Psalms 119:143 (WEB) Trouble and anguish have taken hold of me. Your commandments are my delight.
• Psalms 119:159 (WEB) Consider how I love your precepts. Revive me, Yahweh, according to your loving kindness.
• Psalms 119:162-163 (WEB) I rejoice at your word, as one who finds great spoil. I hate and abhor falsehood. I love your law.
• Psalms 119:167 (WEB) My soul has observed your testimonies. I love them exceedingly.
• Psalms 119:174 (WEB) I have longed for your salvation, Yahweh. Your law is my delight.
If you have gotten this far, you may be thinking that my references were overkill. I just thought that it would be important to note how often the psalmist repeats the sentiment of love, rejoicing and delight in the Word of God. Obviously, it is a great source of joy, a subject about which he has great passion, and the focus of his life—his DELIGHT!
Is this book, the Bible, your delight? Is it the source of your wisdom, strength and help? Is it your comfort in times of trouble? Is it your hope in times of discouragement? Is it your joy in times of sorrow? Is it exactly what you need, whatever you are facing?
I want to encourage you to consider the attitude of the writer of Psalm 119 and adopt that attitude. You will find that your love and delight in God’s Word will translate into significant benefits in your life (which I will discuss in a later post).
Stay in the Word and it will stay in you and be your stay in life.
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