d is for delightful

“life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage — it can be delightful.” — george bernard shaw

You are right and you do right, God; your decisions are right on target. You rightly instruct us in how to live ever faithful to you. My rivals nearly did me in, they persistently ignored your commandments. Your promise has been tested through and through, and I, your servant, love it dearly. I’m too young to be important, but I don’t forget what you tell me. Your righteousness is eternally right, your revelation is the only truth. Even though troubles came down on me hard, your commands always gave me delight. The way you tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest.” — psalm 119:136-136, the message

my mom stuck this orange foam “d” on me this morning at church because it was in the bottom of a bag of foam crafts she brought for the Bible clubs our church is doing starting tomorrow. she told me it stood for “delightful.” i stuck a blue “q” on her. it stood for “queen.” hers came off because i stuck it on her hand, but i wore mine all through church.

people chuckled and asked me if it was significant or meant anything in particular.

“my mom says it’s for delightful,” i said, and laughed with them.

later i got to thinking about how obvious this bright orange d was. it was unavoidable, really. anybody i talked to face to face could see it, even if they didn’t comment on it.

shouldn’t our delight in God be like that — bold, obvious, unavoidable and in need of an explanation? i don’t mean that we should be shoving it down people’s throats. not at all. but it should overflow from us onto everything we do and everyone we meet so that it arouses curiosity and makes people wonder “what is this all about?”

i delight to do Thy will, oh God,
Thy law is within my heart.
many are the wonders Thou has done;
there is none to compare with Thee.
fill my heart with Thy lovingkindness, 
breathe on me, breathe of the Living God.
how i love to sing Thy praises,
how i love to bless Thy Holy Name.
how i love to sing Thy praises,
how i love to bless Thy Holy Name.

admittedly it is not quite a matter of just saying it and being like that. it actually takes work, patience, commitment, endurance,  and ultimate reliance on God’s strength alone. that’s kind of funny, actually — when humans fall in love, does one of them say to the other “i love you; help me love you more”? or “teach me how to love you”? maybe they do. but with God, it’s only by His grace and the power of His Holy Spirit at work in us that we can love Him at all. it’s only because He loved us so much that He died for us that we can love Him or anyone else at all.

“delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” — psalm 37:4

“the way You tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest.”


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