What is it you delight in? Something simple like that first sip of coffee each morning? The warm embrace of you child, wife or other loved ones. Maybe it is more complicated like accomplishing something you thought you could not do.
With all of these, the bible in no way suggests there is anything wrong with taking delight in them. If you are married and do not delight in the companionship of your wife, you have a real BIG issue. Yet God’s Word make something else abundantly clear, there is one thing greater than all else in our lives to delight in…
In the way – Note the Psalmist does not say ‘In your testimonies’ for many “like” certain rules but do not always follow them. Here the Psalmist makes clear the expression of God’s laws brings delight unto him and all who adhere.
of your testimonies – God’s testimonies are His; Laws, precepts, statues, commandments, and Word all terms used to describe the same thing here in Psalm 119. In the Old Testament God’s Laws could be broken down into 3 areas Ceremonial, Civil and Moral.
I delight – Rules (or laws) are meant to put unnecessary restrictions on people. One has to look no further than the current COVID-19 fiasco in America to understand that. BUT are all rules (laws) the same. The Psalmist here makes it clear ABSOLUTELY NOT! God’s Rules (law’s) are a delight, (many translation use rejoice in) to those who believe.
as much as in all riches. – Remember that sip of coffee or your wife’s sweet embrace, God’s Word, His Statutes are better than that. In fact they are more delightful more satisfying than all the riches found in the world.
How do you view God’s Word, His Laws in your Life? Are they a burden or Delight? Are you getting your Daily Delight, by reading God’s word and actively pursuing God’s chosen path for you each day?
God’s laws should never seem difficult or harsh, they should always be a burden lifter not adding to our baggage. If the reverse is true we need to be in prayer and ask God to reveal to us what is truly dragging us down, ask the Holy Spirit to teach us to delight in God’s Law daily.
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?(*) He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
– Micah 7:18-19 (KJV)
(*) At first glance many will just read over this (and much of the Old Covenant/Testament with little thought other than ‘that’s nice’ or ‘I knew that’ or some such thing. But pause a moment to really thing about what is written here in these two verses.
God pardons, that is as He did not see it, completely ignoring it forgiving it having compassion upon those who have transgressed (sinned against Him). There are few questions that arise from these passages of scripture; 1) Who is it that God forgives and has compassion for and 2) Why does God choose to does this.
First; this is clearly aimed at God’s chosen people, “the remnant of his heritage”, His elect. The bible in Verses like Isaiah 1:18, Acts 3:19 and 1 John 1:9 make it clear that only those who repent and ask for forgiveness will receive it. The unregenerate, unbelieving do not see their sinful ways and will never do this.
Second: God is both a just and merciful God. He does not simply overlook our sin for all transgression must be punished Num 14:18, Romans 3:22-26 (AMP). So why does God forgive any sin, “because he delighteth in mercy.” Think on that a moment and realize once again there is nothing you can do it is all about God and God alone, Sola Deo Gloria!
Third: I forgot to mention the implied third question these verses leave us with. If God only pardons His elect that is His chosen people what happens to the remainder of folks? Romans 1:18-32 makes it clear man is without excuse and .v32 “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” -Mike
Truth For Life – Daily Devotional June 14, 2017
Delight yourself in the Lord… Psalm 37:4
The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer it is only the reminder of a recognized truth. The life of the believer is described as a delight in God, and we are reminded of the great fact that genuine faith overflows with happiness and joy.
Ungodly persons and mere professors never look upon religion as a joyful thing; to them it is service, duty, or necessity, but never pleasure or delight. If they attend to religion at all, it is either because of what they might get or because they are afraid of the consequences of neglect. The thought of delight in religious exercise is so strange to most men that no two words in their language stand further apart than holiness and delight.
But believers who know Christ understand that delight and faith are so wonderfully united that the gates of hell cannot manage to separate them. Those who love God with all their hearts find that His ways are ways of pleasantness, and all His paths are peace. The saints discover in Christ such joy, such overflowing delight, such blessedness that far from serving Him from custom, they would follow Him even though the whole world rejected Him. We do not fear God because of any compulsion; our faith is no shackle, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty. No, our piety is our pleasure, our hope is our happiness, our duty is our delight.
Delight and true faith are as interwoven as root and flower, as indivisible as truth and certainty; they are, in fact, two precious stones glittering side by side in a setting of gold.
Tis when we taste Thy love,
Our joys divinely grow,
Unspeakable like those above,
And heaven begins below.