My Mum and I have a bit of an ongoing joke about the word, 'delightful'. We know someone (who I can be fairly sure is unaware of the existence of this blog, I hope) who uses this adjective extremely frequently. We often find ourselves in a car with said person, and each time the word is used, we catch each other's eye in the mirror. Or maybe if Mum is filling me in on this person's news, I'll jump in before she can finish, to ask, 'Was it delightful?!' Now before I go on, there's nothing wrong with the word delightful, I guess it's just that it's not generally used very commonly, but in this person's case it's used excessively. I'd also like to say, as a disclaimer, that this person is actually very kind and generous so I don't mean to ridicule them at all, it's simply an observation.
This evening at church I was both challenged and blessed in many ways. It was a youth service and they did so well; they led the sung worship, read from the Bible in three different languages, talked about missions in the UK and Brazil that they are going to be involved in this summer, shared testimony about their personal journeys of faith and 3 of them got baptised. I was amazed by how deep their faiths are and how mature and committed they are, it really was inspiring and so encouraging.
Recently, I don't entirely know why, but I think I've been lacking in my trademark joy and zeal for Christ. One of the Bible verses shared with someone who got baptised I think may have unlocked the key to this rut I find myself in.
"Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires."
God began to teach me about trust a little while ago, so that first part is still in the process of being worked out in my head, but that second part about delight really struck me. I haven't been giving God very much head space at all, let alone delighting in him. If anything, I've probably been hiding from him for fear of what he might reveal in my heart if I let him in. So, it's safe to say that I haven't noticed getting any of my heart's desires fulfilled recently.
But this verse isn't saying that your heart's desires are dished out on a kind of heavenly reward scheme. Rather, when you are delighting first and foremost in how good and loving Jesus is- how awesome the power of forgiveness is, how great the lengths he went to so that he might partner in our lives and knowing him so well that you are certain that his will for you is for the best, purest and most fulfilling version of your life - then the desires of your heart become the things he has in store for you. It's a similar concept to another favourite verse of mine:
"Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."
It's so obvious really, if you start wanting what God wants, then of course he's going to give it to you!
So here's my resolution, to consciously, prayerfully and persistently, take delight in the God of the Bible. And I look forward to sharing with you how my heart's desires start to look and how God has fulfilled them. It will be delightful I'm sure.