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In What Do You Delight?

         “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-3).

 

            In 1792 Joseph Swain wrote, “How sweet, how heav’nly is the sight, When those that love the Lord, In one another’s peace delight, And so fulfill the word. When each can feel his brother’s sigh, And with him bear a-part; when sorrow flows from eye, And joy from heart to heart.” The inspired writers tell us the joy of fellowship within the body of Christ: John tells us that our fellowship is not with one another only but also with God and Christ. He wrote, “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (I John 1:3). Paul wrote of the comfort that we gain from the fellowship which we have in Christ. He stated, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep  with them that weep” (Romans 12:15). Paul

 

also told the brethren at Corinth “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it” (I Corinthians 12:26). Rejoicing with those of like faith brought joy into the lives of the brethren at Philippi. Paul stated, “Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me” (Philippians 2:17-18).

 

            Joseph Swain wrote, “When, free from envy, scorn, and pride, Our wishes all above, Each can his brother’s failings hide, And show a brother’s love. When love in one delightful stream, Thro’ every bosom flows; When union sweet and dear esteem, In every action glows.  Love is the golden chain that binds, The happy souls above; And he’s an heir to heav’n who finds, His bosom glow with love.” Jesus told His disciples that love for one another was necessary. He stated, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). Jesus also told His disciples to continue in His love. He said, “As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My love” (John 15:12).

 

            The psalmist tells us that it is a blessing to reject evil men and their ways; in favor of God and His word; to “delight in the law of the Lord.” The gospel of Christ is man’s only hope of an eternity with Him in heaven. Paul told the brethren at Rome that the gospel was our source for knowing God. He wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:16-17).

 

            Some find their greatest delight in the things of this world; in entertainment, fleshly pleasure, partying, reading books written by uninspired men, etc. The psalmist delighted in God’s law. Peter stated that Christians should, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (I Peter 2:2). He instructed, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen” (II Peter 3:18). Paul told Timothy “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15). 

 

            “In What Do You Delight?” How much time do you spend in studying the word? How often do you pray, pouring your heart out to the Father in praise and adoration; petitioning Him on behalf of yourself and others? How long has it been since you went into your secret place and talked to God in secret. Jesus stated, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:6).

 

            Do you delight in worshipping God with those of like faith?                                           

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