“Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers” (Ps. 1:1-3, NIV).
The water of life is always available to you and me. Replenishing is always available. New strength is always available. Nourishment, vitality and fruitfulness are always available. Always. Here in Psalm 1 we learn where to get it: in the place of delight.
This psalm is an invitation to find our delight in God. You know what? God cannot lie. He would never send us on an impossible search. If He invites us to find delight in Him, it means He is utterly delightful. Getting to know Him is meant to be something pleasureful. Our spirit is the core of who we are. Therefore, spiritual pleasure is the greatest of pleasures, far surpassing physical pleasure.
Have you been in that place of praise and worship, where you feel like your spirit is soaring? What an ecstatic pleasure that is! That is one of the strongest expressions of delight in Him. Of course, worship is all about Him. It’s all about exalting Him to the highest place. But you can’t help but get exceedingly blessed as you do so.
It’s also important to acknowledge that not every day of our lives on earth will we feel like we are soaring. However, every day we can take delight in the Lord. We can intentionally lift our focus to how exceedingly good and powerful He is. We are to meditate on the things of God “day and night” (Ps. 1:2). This means, when the sun is shining bright, and also when it’s dark in our lives. As Habakkuk expresses,
“Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
(Hab. 3:17-18, NIV).
When everything seems to be going wrong, even then we can be joyful in Him! Why? Because He is utterly delightful. In His presence is fullness of joy. When we find out what a pleasure His friendship is, the world and its vainglory lose their attraction. We come to recognize them as rotten scraps of food in comparison to the feast available at His banqueting table.
Today, ask Him to take you deeper in the discover of how delightful He is. His law, His Word, His presence, His heart, His company as you fellowship with His Spirit… may they be the place you are planted. In that place, everything you do will prosper!
Do you find God delightful?