Do you want to delight God?

My Bible software found the word “delight” 110 times in the Bible (NIV translation).  Nearly every time related to humans being delighted about something – God’s Word, blessings, children, wisdom, etc.

Here is one of the only passages I found where God delights in humans:

Psalm 147:10-11 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

So what do we do to delight God? 

1. Fear him.  Some say that fear in the Bible just means respect, but I tend to think it means fear.  Or perhaps, “fear and respect.”  Consider Matthew 10:28, where being afraid obviously doesn’t mean to be respectful:

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

2. Put your hope in his unfailing love.  In other words, have faith!  Consider Jesus’ response to the Roman Centurion who had faith that Jesus could heal his servant without even being there:

Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.”

Jesus was astonished by the Centurion’s faith. 

And consider what Hebrews says about pleasing God: 

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

I pray that we will please God with our faith – and perhaps astonish him?!

7 thoughts on “Do you want to delight God?”

  1. I use the Our Daily Bread Devotion each day. The devotion on December 31st reminded me of your post here. The link to that devotion if you wish to read it is:

    Fear Escape

    I found it that the fear of the Lord is our strong confidence and we have a place of refuge in the Lord.

    I am no Greek language scholar, but a quick look at the words in Greek for fear (KJV Lexicon) are quite numerous and was suprised at the different “flavors” of fear. Here is a link to those words:

    Greek words for Fear

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  2. I use the Our Daily Bread in my daily devotions. December 31st reminded me of this post. Here is the link if you wish to read it:

    Fear Escape

    After reading that devotion and remembering your post I did a little digging into the Greek words for fear. To my suprise there are numerous shades of meaning with each word. The following Greek words used for fear ( KJV Lexicon):

    Greek Words for Fear

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  3. P.S. I am reposting this. Forgot the quotation mark in the link!! Delany

    I use the Our Daily Bread in my daily devotions. December 31st reminded me of this post. Here is the link if you wish to read it:

    Fear Escape

    After reading that devotion and remembering your post I did a little digging into the Greek words for fear. To my suprise there are numerous shades of meaning with each word. The following Greek words used for fear ( KJV Lexicon):

    Greek Words for Fear

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  4. Hi Ms. Green – I’d say you are on the right track!

    Hi Delany – Thanks for the links. I enjoyed them both. I wasn’t familiar with the Bible study tools at Crosswalk – those will come in handy.

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