Day 16: What the Bible Says About "Enjoy" {Part 1}

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This post could also be titled “How We Enjoy God” or “Delight=Enjoy” or something like that. Because the word delight is a synonym for it, and because it’s in the Bible a whole lot of times (precisely). 
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So today, we’re looking at this whole enjoying, delighting thing from our perspective. Let me clarify: we’re looking at it from the perspective of someone who glorifies God and enjoys Him forever.
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IMG_3390What does is mean to “enjoy God”? How do we even do that? I think the most crucial place to start is with the Word, followed closely by asking the Holy Spirit to unlock and reveal what God tells us through it.
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So find somewhere lovely to sit, and let’s find out what the man after God’s own heart delighted in (and also Paul, but I’m only using one verse of his today).
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Psalm 119:16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
Psalm 119:24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.
Psalm 119:35  Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
Psalm 119:47  for I delight in your commands because I love them.
Psalm 119:70  Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law.
Psalm 119:77  Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.
Psalm 119:92  If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
Psalm 119:143  Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight.
Psalm 119:174  I long for your salvation, Lord, and your law gives me delight.
And what does Paul say in the New Testament? Well, in Romans, he says the following:

For in my inner being I delight in God’s law

So, what do we take away from these verses? That God’s law gives delight. Perfect. We are so smart.

But seriously, what does that even mean??? How can a law be delightful? Isn’t the law on it’s own all about rules and punishment for breaking them? I don’t think so.

I posit that the law- God’s way of doing things- is of God, meaning, it’s life-giving. I don’t know that I was aware of this until I got older. God doesn’t just make up rules because he’s a control freak and an ego maniac who wants to force others to his will. (If he were, I don’t think we’d have free will to begin with.) The law is- if anything- evidence of his desire for a true relationship with us. The law brings us an awareness of sin, a knowledge of the things that tear our lives apart.

IMG_3388But also, the law is relational. I mean, look at the ten commandments. They are all about relating to God and to others. If that’s not an indicator that God desires a relationship with us, I don’t know what is.

It’s a law of love. It’s a law that brings wholeness and peace.

So we don’t have to live in a place of shame or legalism, or feel like God is just trying to lord our brokenness over us. He intends for us to delight in him, and in his law. It’s something we can enjoy.

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If you are like me and don’t always connect the dots of enjoying the law of love through God’s Word, I encourage you to spend some time in it today, and ask the Holy Spirit to draw near and reveal what God is saying to you. Trust that he does intend for you to live in joy, in delight!

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