Delighting & Doing

May 6, 2018

Psalm 8:1

What would it take for God to strengthen your faith and get you more involved in the things of God? For many it would take some radical changes in your thinking, your attitude, your schedule, time management, and your lifestyle. The Psalmist begins by focusing on the greatness and the majesty of God. He says, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.” (Psalm 8:1)

1                    Delight     

The key to understanding the psalmist’s words of praise is knowing that God’s name reflects His character. For instance, the name El Shaddai means, “The All-Sufficient of Almighty One.” El Elyon means, The Most High God” and refers to God’s supremacy and sovereignty. The names of God reveal who He is. Here the psalmist was truly delighting in who God is and what He is like. Look at the picture of God’s amazing creation that the psalmist painted, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? (Vs 3-4) Within the majestic expanse of the universe, we are insignificant specks. Yet our infinite God sees us, knows us intimately, and loves us ceaselessly. Such divine consideration and care is truly beyond our comprehension. O Lord, our Lord, Your love for me is truly amazing! Teach me to delight in You my Lord. Delight means to take great pleasure, extreme pleasure or satisfaction, joy, something that gives great pleasure, and to please greatly.

Do you delight in the Lord?

How could you express your praise for Him today?

2                    Doing

When we delight in the Lord it always lead us to do the things he leads us to do.

Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah was ninety when God gave them Isaac. “Yet he (Abraham) did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. (Romans 4:20-21) Isaac was the son through whom all the earth would be blessed. His parents waited many years for his birth, and because they were human, some seasons of their waiting were characterized by their faith more than others were. Here in Romans, Abraham is praised for acting on his faith and doing what God told him to do. The Greek word pistis, translated “faith,” means trust or confidence with the important emphasis of obedience. Faith is belief in action. Delight in the Lord leads to doing God’s will. I believe many people do not do the things of God because they do not delight in the Lord. In the Bible, faith is belief in and commitment to God. Faith obeys God’s commands no matter the circumstances. Faith in Christ, believing that His death and resurrection covered our sin and gave us access to God is necessary for salvation and service. Inherent in that belief is repentance from sin and the willful decision to follow Christ as Lord of your life. That means every day and in every situation. The sure evidence of a relationship with God is faith, and the evidence of faith is doing the will of God. Only those who know God and delight in Him will trust His leadership, wisdom, and daily calling. So, if you struggle to have faith in God, spend more time getting to know Him. Faith applies to the practical details of life the knowledge gained from a personal relationship with God. The Word says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) Why not delight and do and do and delight!