- “Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, ‘Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant!'” (Psalm 35:27)
- “They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” (Psalm 36:8-9)
- “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
- “But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” (Psalm 37:11)
- “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.” (Psalm 37:23)
- “O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old: you with your own hand drove out the nations, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, but them you set free; for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them.” (Psalm 44:1-3)
I also finished reading Job this week. Those last few chapters are wonderful for meditating on the perfection and majesty and wisdom and power of God. I cannot improve upon Job’s words at the end of his story when he says, “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you [God]? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further” (Job 40:4-5). And later, he says, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what i did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:2-6).
At the same time I was reading Job, I was reading Paul’s letters to Corinth. Though Paul could have boasted in many (self-righteous) things (Philippians 3, 1 Cor. 10, for example), he endeavored to boast only in Christ and the gospel. “‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:17-18). “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:1-2).
Job’s silence and Paul’s speech, not to mention Sunday night’s sermon on the content and priority of the gospel, worked together in my mind and heart all week. It’s been good.
***IT’S YOUR TURN***
I would love to read how you delighted in God through His word this week. Please share!
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