Drinking of Divine Delight


“Take a careful look at my servant, my chosen one. I love him dearly and I find all my delight in him. I will breathe my Spirit upon him and he will decree justice to the nations” (Matt. 12:18, TPT).

Matthew quotes this Scripture from Isaiah 42 directly following his account of a dramatic healing. Jesus restores a man’s shriveled hand to wholeness before everyone’s astonished eyes. Then He goes on to heal every last sick person in a nearby massive crowd. Finally, Matthew wraps up the story by telling us that all this radical demonstration of God’s goodness is a fulfillment of the this beautiful prophecy given through Isaiah.

Holy Spirit sets it up this way because He wants us to see the source of Jesus’ powerful effectiveness in carrying out Daddy’s work. He does this because He wants to replicate this effectiveness in our own lives. He is pointing to Jesus, and Jesus’ way of living, as our example to follow. He urges us to “Take a careful look at my servant” for a reason. He knows that, in watching Jesus’ modus operandi, we will learn the right way to operate. Holy Spirit is beckoning us to live and function the same way Jesus did.

This model of operation boils down to two foundational principles, both found in this verse:

  1. Drinking of divine delight.
    As we lean into this text, we hear Daddy proclaiming to the four winds about His Son, “I love him dearly and I find all my delight in him!” His heart is overflowing. The TPT footnote on this bolded phrase fills my heart with joy: “The Aramaic is literally ‘He has sun-shined my being.’” Isn’t that beautiful? Jesus sun-shines Daddy’s being. He brings Him inexpressible joy; joy even greater than the sunbeams that come to bring relief to our soul after a night of weeping.
    Jesus knew to drink in Daddy’s utter delight in Him. He drank it in every morning; during every lengthy time of prayer. He made getting away with Daddy His top priority, to drink in Daddy’s rejoicing in Him. Once His heart was full to overflowing with sunshine, Jesus would then go out and do astounding things like restore wilted, withered hands to wholeness.
  2. Absolute dependency on Holy Spirit’s empowering.
    Daddy had also announced in this passage, “I will breathe My Spirit upon [My Son].” This was a non-negotiable for Jesus. In fact, Jesus told us frankly that He couldn’t do anything on His own (John 5:30). This is the vulnerable arrangement to which He submitted when He stepped into the embryo prepared for His habitation. Incarnation meant utter dependence.
    Acts 10:38 describes for us how it worked: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil…” (NKJV). Jesus didn’t get the power to heal all those people from His divine position as the only begotten of the Father. He got it from the anointing of the Holy Spirit resting on Him and flowing through Him.

Both of these foundational tenets are for us. Jesus modeled them, in order to pass them onto us. He has given them to us. They are ours. So listen with your spirit… Daddy is shouting the same earth-shattering truth to the four winds about you: when you cuddle into His bosom, you sunshine His soul. His insides light up with exuberant delight.

Cuddle in closer. Stay there for a while, in His arms. Listen to His heartbeat. Soak in His deep, deep love for you, until you overflow. You know, you won’t be able to do anything eternally significant on your own today. So absorb His Holy Spirit power flowing into your being as you soak. With and in and through Him, you will be absolutely unstoppable.

Now, when you are filled up to brimming over with Him, go get it! There’s tremendous good waiting for you to do in the hours ahead, by His power, and His power alone!


Did Jesus really mean it, that He could do nothing on His own?



7 thoughts on “Drinking of Divine Delight

  1. Jennifer- Jesus could do NOTHING of Eternal significance, just we can not, without the power of the Spirit. Sister, I often have a yearning in my spirit to pray for those who are in need of healing-body/soul/spirit – I make every effort to do so, but also have “expectations” of evidence that God is hearing my prayers and responding. I have faith and belief that our Lord is involved in my request but most often “witness” no results. Yes, I will continue praying and believing but need to get over looking for results! len wisniewski – 31st at 839 am

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    1. I sure hear you there, Len! I know I’m longing to see more and more of His glory and power flowing. I believe we can expect to see more and more as we walk intimately with Him!

      And AMEN about Jesus absolutely needing the power of the Holy Spirit! I’m amazed that He emptied Himself like He did!


  2. A-men and thank you to you Jennifer and to Leonard W. who responded. When Jesus said Follow me. Take up your cross and follow Me. He in effect set out the journey. We too must have the Holy Spirit (within) to always point us to the Father. Also now the Holy Spirit always focusses us to the Christ whose atoning death and resurrection shows us all not only the pathway of following Him but also the eternal Hope. The Holy Spirit also points us to the shed blood of atonement for returning to this ensures how our whole life we need to repent, be refilled with the Spirit and die to ‘self’. All is a truth but walking intimately with Him is how we MUST journey.

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