Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Ps 37:4
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I would like to encourage you to read Samuel 22:20-23. In these verses we read that YHWH brings out, delivers, delights in, rewards and repays. These are the actions of a Father towards His children according to their righteousness, the cleanness of your hands, and the way you guard the way of the Father. It is clear that Abba Father desires to give us much more, more than we can comprehend.
In today’s society we are driven to succeed and to “please” others, and increasingly to please ourselves. However, these verses remind us that as children of the Most High we are called to delight in His love and seek His will. John 14:23 is one of my favourite verses as it holds an amazing promise. Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will obey Me. My Father will love you and We will make Our home with you.” Wow, the Father, Son and Spirit will MAKE a home with me! A home is a place of belonging, protection, love and rest. I love this promise and it helps me to seek His will, to proclaim my love daily and to delight in having a home with YHWH. The requisite to this delightful prospect is to love Him, obey Him and seek right-ruling, being pure in worship and faith. To delight Yeshua you need to serve Him with an undivided heart and pure motives. God delights in those that guard His ways and Word. Those who love His Son and allow the Set-Apart Spirit of Truth to dwell in them. More of Him and less of me. God delights in the humble of heart, those who are totally dependent on His providence and do all things through the strength of Yeshua for the glory of YHWH.
To guard His way and Word, we must understand the Way. Guarding something implies that what you are protecting, keeping safe and close to you is of value. To guard something means that you are willing to sacrifice something to keep it safe. You can’t guard something that you don’t know about or know where it is. You are not likely to guard something that has no value to you. Bodyguards are specially trained to defend persons of importance and are equipped with skills used to protect their charge, but most importantly they are willing to die for this person. Are you trained in knowing the Word, will you willingly sacrifice yourself for His Word and way? Do you guard the Word from dust by rubbing a finger over it now and again, is it hidden somewhere safe? The safest spot to hide the Word of God is in your heart, keeping it there and feeding upon it. Checking and measuring your thoughts with the Living Word is a good way of keeping your feet on the Way.
Staying with the analogy of guards, we need to be equipped to guard. Paul talks of putting on the armour of God – of ensuring that you are protected and understand who you are and how to use your equipment. Being equipped to guard the Word and will of YHWH means you need to understand who you are in Yeshua, that you are His redeemed and beloved, His Kallah (bride). You need need to be dressed in garments of praise and worship, be filled with His Spirit, ask and seek for wisdom, understanding, knowledge, Truth, power and might and clothe yourself in the fear of YHWH Most High. This fear is not the knee knocking fear, rather it is an awe, respect and wonderment for the Father as creator and author of life. Delight in your Father’s love.
To delight in something implies that you light up, you beam and that your mood and body is enlightened. There is a sense of rejoicing, a sense of joy and contentment. Father enjoys it when you delight in His creation, the beauty, variation and complexity of living things, the power of the ocean and weather. When is the last time that you really delighted in the beauty of the crashing waves, the sound of a storm, marvelled at the colours of a bird and their ability to soar in the sky. We are quick to moan about the cold wind that whips up sand, the rain that wets washing or cancels a picnic – these are moments of awesome creation. I love scuba diving or snorkelling. The storm can be whipping up the sea, yet beneath the very same waters in a world of colour and tranquillity. We serve a God that is alive and we need to take our noses out of books, eyes off screens, ears away from music and noise and see His awesomeness – delight in what He has created.
Take delight in knowing that each new day is interwoven with opportunities to serve Him, to learn more about Him, to grow in love and fear at His loving-commitment to you. Delight in the love letters that you receive during the day, the little moments that are close to your heart, a smile from a stranger or a sunset that reminds you of how loved you are by the Creator. Ask YHWH to reveal to you a glimpse of His love for you, look to the cross and delight in your Saviour. Guard these moments, put His Word deep into your heart, guard that which has value and does not rust or get lost.
Father, You are so amazing and I love You. The words tumbling from my lips cannot express my delight, see my heart. Spirit of YHWH, help me fear YHWH, grow my knowledge and understanding of His Word deep in my heart, so that I may guard His Word. Guide me daily in Your Ways and equip me I pray to do Your will and seek right-ruling. I desire to delight in Your Word and purpose for my life for the glory and delight of Your Son. Amen