In my devotional time today, I read Mark 12:37b………..And the large crowd enjoyed listening to Him. Other versions said they delighted in listening to Him, they heard Him gladly, and they were delighted with what they heard. My favorite version was the Amplified Bible “The large crowd enjoyed hearing Jesus and listened to Him with delight.”
It made me question my motivations how I read His word, how I listen to someone else bring His word and how I read what someone else has written about Him in a book. For the most part I can say I enter in with great expectation of hearing from Him but there are times I just tune out and go through the motions. Just being honest here. I don’t like when that happens.
I hate when I have to keep reading the same scripture over and over cause I’m thinking about something else. Anyone else do that? Or the times when someone is talking and I tune out and then they say, “What do you think, Diane?” Argggggggg Or how bout when you read a whole chapter in a book and when you get done, you can’t account for what it was about?
I don’t ever want to take the Lord for granted. I want to hang on His word the way the people did when He walked the earth with them. They were so excited they came in droves and stayed without even thinking about what they were going to eat. I think about the guys that believed in everything He said so they brought their friend to Him for healing and dug through a roof to get to Him. Now that is excitement!
David didn’t even have to hear Him speak. He was just delighted in spending time gazing on His beauty. Ps 27:4 The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple
The dictionary defines delight as a high degree of gratification or pleasure: extreme satisfaction. PS 37:4 says, ” Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.” I have read this scripture a bazillion times. Seriously! What if we read it this way, ” Extremely satisfy yourself in the Lord.” Changes the whole way you look at that scripture. Right? The delight in Hebrew means to be happy about, take exquisite delight. Exquisite mean intense as in pleasure.
We are so fortunate to have the Word of God! I don’t ever want to get to a place where I take it and the Lord for granted. God gives us so many rewards when we delight our selves in Him and His word. Just a few examples:
- We’ll get the desires of our hearts (Ps 27:4)
- We will shout for joy (Ps 37:47)
- The Lord will direct our steps (Ps 37:23)
- He is blessed (Ps 112:1)
- He can have a clean life (Ps 119:9-16)
I think I’m going to be looking at this with different eyes now.
Day 5 of our 21 day fast has been amazing. I feel great. Still get those hunger pangs but not as intense as the first three days. God just keeps giving me so much to ponder on every day. I can’t wait til what He is showing me about me will turn into how He plans to use me for His glory!!! Exciting days ahead!