Delight

Delight

Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 1:2

“But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

How often do you “delight” in something?

So often people think of delighting in things that are, in the grand scheme of things, pretty superficial:

They delight in ice cream.  They delight in a new bit of clothing they have admired for a while.  They delight in a favorite TV show, or a computer game.

There’s nothing wrong with these things.  I simply mean to say that we often use the word “delight” in reference to the enjoyment of rather common things.

But the Scripture – interestingly enough – uses the word delight in a very different way.

It speaks of the woman or man whose “delight” is in the law of the LORD.

It points us to an understanding of delight that is very deep, even profound.

How often do you delight like that?

Many see “law” as something to be obeyed; something if, when properly followed, keeps one out of trouble.  And that is certainly one aspect of things.

But I like how the Psalms call us to delight in the law – delight in God’s guidance – delight in God’s will and plan for our lives.

It is something life-giving, life enriching – not just a mere “requirement.”

So I invite you to delight…

Not just in a bowl of ice cream or a video game – but in God.

And see just how rich, and full, and delightful, your life can be.

Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to the possibility of fully enjoying life with you.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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