This phrase of delighting in the Lord has been on my mind since the first of the year. It may seem trite, but my desire to delight in the Lord stems from the constant discontent I felt last year. To be honest, everything was lack luster. Things that once brought me to tears or belly aching joy were at best met with a “sigh” or a “meh.” Very few things moved me and I could not pinpoint the cause. Through Gospel Revolution and time reviewing my life, I was living a Jesus + something gospel. Christ was at the periphery and I was at the center. Whether it is wanting the applause of man or the longing for something more, I am sickened by looking elsewhere for what only God can provide.
Delight is defined as “a cause or source of great pleasure”. What gives you great pleasure? What compels you to wake up early in the morning or drives you to do what you do? Love. Either it’s Love for Jesus or love of Self. This year’s Gospel Revolution theme “Beautiful Savior” and Pastor Tim’s preaching of the word through Colossians helped me to re-fix my gaze on Christ and His Work and make Jesus my Beautiful Prayer, Priority, and Proclamation. Specifically, Pastor Tim Pak spoke of allowing the knowledge of God inform how I live, think, feel, and pray. When we love someone, it should inform our actions.
A silly illustration, but Justin doesn’t like it when my dirty clothes hang out of the hamper. Because I love Justin, I strive to place my laundry in the hamper completely. Seems silly, but love for someone or something should change me. In the same way, loving and knowing God should inform how I live.
God is not silent regarding who and what he loves. His word is clear and I desire in 2019 and in life that God would be my greatest delight. Indeed, for God to be my all in all. Let’s gaze at Jesus and allow him to conform us more into HIs likeness as we see His beauty and delight ourselves in Him.
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18