Delight!

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night

Psalm 1 v 2

His delight…

When I was a kid, our family would often pile into the car and go to a cafe on a Saturday night. It was great fun and sort of became one of those family traditions. The cafe was called The Chef’s Delight.

Now don’t get me wrong, there was absolutely nothing wrong with their gammon steak (complete with pineapple ring on top) or their frankfurter and chips, or even their Brown Derby donut dessert which I used to nag my dad for every time. But if you asked me now, to describe the most delightful dinner I’ve ever experienced, chances are that Egg n Chips at The Chef’s Delight in Sydenham High Street might not feature all that high up on my list.

Not now that I’ve been fortunate enough to dine at a 2 Michelin Star Indian restaurant in the Maldives. Or enjoyed a plate of delicious fresh seafood with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc on a cliffside restaurant in Portugal.

His delight is in the law of the Lord

Much like the bliss of savouring a delicious meal in a picturesque setting with a dear loved one, David speaks of delighting in the law of the Lord.

Delighting in something speaks of relishing, savouring, blissfully enjoying or being captivated by…It often involves the senses. Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling.

Deeeee-licious!

Have you ever tasted something so delicious, so well-balanced in flavour, so interesting to the palate, that you just want to keep digging in and eating more? God’s word is something we’re invited to feast on, to delight in – to relish and savour like a delicious plate of food. Psalm 34 instructs us to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’.

Well, ain’t that just delightful?

Or perhaps you’re a music lover? Time to let you into a little secret. I have a bit of a passion for Country Music. (I blame the parents!) You see, it all began when my mum and dad introduced me to the wonderful songs of John Denver, such as ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Annie’s Song’- absolute classics! My love of country music lay largely dormant through my teenage years – apart from the odd blast of Garth Brooks or Shania Twain. But a few years ago, my friend Jo dragged me to a Line-Dancing class. It was the best fun ever! Suddenly my senses were awakened. Sometimes when I hear a certain guitar sequence, or a particular chord pattern, or catch the sound of beautiful voices belting out a harmony, I’m just absolutely captivated! There’s something so lovely about the sound – so poignant about the story in the lyrics, something so moving in the soothing strings.

The timelessly beautiful ‘Annie’s Song’, by John Denver

God invites us to learn to discern the beautiful, sweet sound of His voice, found in His word. His wonderful ways, and all His wondrous truths are woven into scripture, just like a beautiful melody. There is nothing in all the world as delightful as hearing His still small voice.

The law of the Lord

The law of the Lord is essentially God’s Holy ways and truths expressed through His Holy word.

How blessed (how very happy) is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked….. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night

Psalm 1 v 1-2

Again, much like with the Beatitudes, if we want to be blessed, it seems God is looking for an inner attitude, a certain posture of the heart.

There’s a beautiful verse in Hebrews which says of Jesus:

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness, therefore God, Your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above Your fellow companions

Hebrews 1:9

To really understand what it means to delight in the law of the Lord, the first place our gaze should rest is on our wonderful advocate and example, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

His whole life displayed this beautiful submissive heart, which loved and honoured God, and ultimately said – “Not my will but Yours be done.”

Oh for a heart like this! God please create in me a clean heart, a Christ-like heart that delights in Your word and Your ways.

Jesus was that He was anointed with the oil of gladness above His fellow companions. When we have a heart that says yes to God, we will be truly blessed!

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