Last week, I shared Part 1 of What the Bible Says about “Enjoy.”
Today is Part 2! Remember, we’re looking at this whole enjoying, delighting thing from our perspective. We’re looking at it from the perspective of someone who glorifies God and enjoys Him forever. And today includes a few verses reminding us of how God enjoys us. He enjoys who we are- he created us after all! (By no means is this a comprehensive look at EVERYTHING in the Bible about enjoyment or pleasure etc. It’s just a few verses to get us started.)
So again, I encourage you to find a quiet place so you can delight in and enjoy God’s Word.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
(Remember the free printable I did of this one?)
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.
When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth
because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.
From these verses, I see what God’s character is like; the Word reveals both the attributes he delights in as well as the way he loves and delights in us- as a father delights in his son. The context is crucial to these verses, friends. I challenge you to spend the next week taking some time to click the links to each verse to read it in context, especially the ones in Nehemiah, 1 and 2 Samuel, Luke, and Jeremiah. (Of course the others are equally important, but they’re not really stories.)