Do you take delight in your relationship with God?
We are told in Psalm 37 "take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart’s desire."
Let's think about this for a moment: “Delight” - what exactly does that mean?
The dictionary definition says it is
"a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture" or "something that gives great pleasure."
"To give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly."
Does your relationship with God bring you this kind of delight?
Do you experience pleasure, enjoyment, joy, and rapture?
John Piper uses the term "Christian Hedonism" to describe what our relationship with God should be. In a secular context hedonism is a “selfish devotion to pleasure as a way of life.” But as a follower of Christ “Christian Hedonism” is exactly what we are supposed to experience and enjoy in the personal relationship we as followers of Jesus have with Him.
The first question in the Shorter Catechism is this:
"What is the chief end of man?"
"…to glorify God and enjoy him forever."
The result of our “taking delight” in God is His giving you "the desire of your heart."
This does not mean God is just a great cosmic vending machine. Instead, it means when we put our focus on God, not on ourselves, God changes us and He causes us to want what he wants us to want.
May your moment by moment walk with God today be a delight!
Serving the servants of Christ,