GOD'S DELIGHT

"Take delight in the Lord" (Psalm 34:7a)

What do you get for the guy who has everything? Well, as it turns out, there's always something.

But imagine you really had everything; there is absolutely nothing you want. You are pleased just by being you! Your supreme source of delight is yourself.

The Bible calls you God.

God is supreme in every attribute - his beauty is unsurpassed, his goodness has no equal, and his love is unlimited.

He has the perfect right to be fully pleased with himself. He can act for his own sake (Isaiah 48:11) and he is intra-Trinitarianly pleased with himself (Matt 3:11)!

All the pleasure and happiness that God needs is right there - in himself.

It is not so for us. But that doesn't stop us trying. We think that we can find delight within ourselves: by achieving much, loving heroically, redesigning our image, gaining applause and developing outstanding character. When we try this we are calling ourselves god. We are trying to find something in the wrong place.

Just as God finds delight in himself so can we. God is the sole source of delight for human beings. I don't mean the kind of delight that lasts a moment, the here-today-gone-tomorrow kind of delight. I mean the pressed down, eternal kind, the kind God has in himself. That kind of delight never stops.

Amazingly, God reaches out to us and extends a welcome to us to join him, to turn from our selves as gods, trust in Christ for salvation, and live a life for him. And in him we can know real, deep, satisfying delight.

So come to the source today and drink deeply. And never thirst again:

“Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).