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Delighted

November 24, 2014

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Delighted

If I hadn’t  been delighted  in Your teaching,
I would have perished  in my misery.       Psalm 119:92

Boy,  what a truth!     Perish  in misery.

Day after day  we witness lying,  cheating,  spitefulness,  gossip,  loose living  and many other predicaments  like losing a job,  sickness,  and death.     There’s no end  to the varieties  of troubles  that can plague us.     How can we have joy,  pleasure,  and victory  in the midst  of all this?

Many people  just become depressed  or vindictive  with the constant barrage  of non-stop problems  that face them.     It seems  there is nowhere  to turn  for relief,  so they just lash out  at others  —  kind of like  a cornered animal.     They are perishing  in their misery.

The writer  of Psalm 119  faced the same kinds  of problems  we do.     He knew  that all  of his problems  could potentially kill him  —  eternally.     They were more  than he could bear  by himself.     Instead  of wallowing  in his misery,  becoming more  and more depressed  or even trying  to take revenge  on his perceived enemies,  the Psalmist found relief.

The Psalmist’s relief was  in God’s word,  of all places.     It’s there  for us,  too.     All the testimony  and witness given  in the Bible  shows us  the immensity  of the Lord’s love  for us  and the infinite wisdom  God has  in allowing us  to face  the evil  in this world,  in order  to refine us  and purify us  in His truth.

The greatest truth is  that we have salvation  in Jesus Christ alone.     How can we learn  about what salvation means,  unless we find out  about it  in the Bible?     Who can even know  there is such a thing  as salvation  for us now,  unless we let God  teach us  in His word?

But,  if we’re going  to snub God  by detesting  to open up  His word,  we’re never going  to have any sort  of joy  or comfort  in this world.     We will only make ourselves  more and more bitter  about the problems  around us.

The Bible shows us  the long history  of all the workings  of God’s love  and salvation.     There is no way  to realize all  that God  has done,  unless we take time  to  “visit”  with our Lord  about it  in His word.     When we see  how patient  and kind  God has been  with everyone  since the beginning  of time,  then we will be able  to take “delight”  in what He has  to teach us  about how  we are  to live.

Then we will be able  to “delight”  in being loved  by God,  even  in the midst  of troubles.

The Psalmist realized  just how vital  it was  for him  to “delight”  in everything God teaches us.     We’ve got  to see  and understand just how good  and right  God’s teachings are.     Every word  in the Bible  can become  a real “delight”  to us  as it gives us hope  and understanding  and the knowledge  of love.

When we have a good friend,  it’s a  “delight”  to just sit  and visit  about all sorts  of things  —  good times,  bad times,  problems,  and joys.     Our Lord  is the very best  and truest friend  anyone can ever have.     But,  if one wants  to be God’s friend,  we must take time  to visit  with Him.

We let God  talk to us  in His word.     We let Him show us  all the great things  He has done  for us.     We let Him show us  His almighty power  in the things  He has created.     We let Him  show us how He has patiently worked  in the lives  of others  —  to bring them  salvation  and eternal life.

People don’t ignore real friends.     We  “delight”  in listening  to each other  and sharing our deepest thoughts.     Our friendship  with God  must be open  and from the heart.     After all,  He loved us first,  while we were still  in our sins.

The writer  of Psalm 119  really loved  God’s words.     He realized  our Lord’s infinite wisdom  and love  in guiding us through  all sorts  of troubles  to purify  our hearts  and minds.

If we’re miserable,   we need  to go  to God’s word.     Let God speak  to us  from the Bible.     Let Him teach us  the way  to life.     “Delight”  in His word.     Think  His word over  throughout the day.

Be a friend.     Live God’s word.     Then we will delight  to say,  “Hallelujah!”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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