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When Delight Becomes A Two-Way Street!

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When Delight Becomes A Two-Way Street!

 On Monday mornings I’ve started sending a group text with a devotional scripture and a short comment to all of my children.  It’s like a family memory verse for the week. Today’s verse truly caught me by surprise.

When King David prayed Psalms 19:14, I’m afraid he meant something much more beautiful than we’ve allowed ourselves to think all these years. Please read it with me again!

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

I got hung up today, on the word acceptable. We all know that, what is acceptable to some is not always acceptable to others. So, out of curiosity, I looked up the meaning of the word in Strong’s Dictionary, and Merriam Webster’s Dictionary.

 

Strong’s Greek & Hebrew Dictionary. Acceptable:

from (ratsah); delight:- (be) acceptable (-ance, -ed), delight, desire, favour, (good) pleasure,

Acceptable, in the minds of English speaking people, is more often similar to Mr. Merriam Webster’s definition:

  • Capable or worthy of being accepted.
  • Barely satisfactory or adequate

So then, in rereading King David’s prayer of consecration, it suddenly came alive in my spirit. David didn’t want to just get by in God’s eyes. He was asking if he could be God’s Delight!

 

No Wonder God Called Him A Man After His Own Heart!

David wasn’t even praying about his actions, or his deeds. He dug down as deep into himself and his core values as he could go. He begged God to allow even the thoughts that he thought, and the very words that he spoke, to be a source of delight before Heaven’s Throne!

Don’t you remember how parents and grandparents fully delight in the actions and the darling little words of their children and grandchildren? Well, how much of a stretch is it to believe that David wanted God to look lovingly upon him in a similar fashion?

He wished that his very thoughts and words could somehow bring a smile to God’s Face. He wanted God to be delighted in him! That concept was not new in Holy Writ either.

 

Joshua And Caleb Pleaded With The Unbelieving Multitude.

Numbers 14:8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

Their point was, if God delights in us, there is no limit to what He will do for us! David expresses the same train of thought for all of us follow.

Delight Is A Two-Way Street In God’s Kingdom. We Want God To Delight In Us, But He Also Wants Us To Delight In Him.

Psa. 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

What Are Our Main Sources Of Delight In This World?

  • Sports
  • Money
  • Screened in porches
  • Well mannered children
  • Travel
  • Chocolate
  • The sound of the oceans waves
  • Morning coffee
  • Fishing
  • Cars with heated bucket seats
  • Good food
  • When your spouse smiles
  • Bird watching
  • Antique stores
  • Shopping
  • Flowers
  • Holding the new baby

Delight Is A Two-Way Street

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

God wants to be YOUR Delight!!!

 

IF God Is The Main Delight Of Our Heart, Then This Is What We Can Expect!

Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

In That Day… We All Long To Hear Him Say, “Well Done Thou Good And Faithful Servant.”

But, What If… What If He Smiled At Us Personally, And Added, “You, Are A Delight To Me?!”

Written by Martyn Ballestero

October 23, 2012 at 12:09 am

Posted in Christian Living

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  1. This really opened my eyes! I’ve prayed this scripture almost every time I talk with God. I’m glad I saw it in a different light. I love it! Thanks for writing!

    Nila

    October 23, 2012 at 1:23 am

  2. Great post!

    Charlotte Mills

    October 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm

  3. Loved this!! I feel like Nila……I will never read that scripture the same way again!!

    Carlene Branham

    October 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm


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