Delights for the Soul – The Secret of Life

Do You know the Secret for Life’s Delights?

Small Delights of Studio 1-37What delights have your experienced this week? Have you allowed the joys of everyday life to be released? How many times do we have delights or joys but keep them hidden from others? At a Presbyterian conference in Omaha, people were given helium filled balloons and told to release them at some point in the service when they felt like expressing the joy in their hearts. Since Presbyterians aren’t known for freely expressing such delights the balloon was to simulate their unspoken joy. All through the service balloons were slowly released but when the service ended there were still 1/3 of the balloons that were not released. (Larson, 1983) Isn’t is sad that even with the freedom and allowance to openly express delight or joy that 1/3 of the congregation still held onto their balloon?

How many times do we have the likely opportunity to freely express our own delights in the Lord and yet hold onto our balloons tightly not letting go? What excuses do we have for not letting our balloons go? Do we confuse joy with happiness? Perhaps we have mistakenly allowed the world to dictate what happiness is and in turn we feel that the delights of life have been secretly stolen from us. Maybe a new way of thinking is in order; for God has shown us the way of life and fills us with the joy of His presence. (Acts 2:28) Peter reminds the crowds of exactly who God is and what He has done for us by using the words of David from Psalm 16. This Psalm devotes itself to the delights, joys, and benefits of a life lived in companionship with God. The delights of the world can be released here and now, by gaining a friend in Jesus.

In order to be able to release our delights so that others can witness them we first must commit everything we do and have to God. When we come to know Him and spend our time committed to Him we realize His great love for us which will provide full delights. This is not easy when faced with difficult situations but it is imperative to trust in the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act in order to experience delights during the transition time.

There is great pleasure and joy found when in God’s presence. It is there in our trust that we will find peace and patience allowing Him to fulfill His plans. It can’t begin though until we understand that everything must be turned over to God and believe that He can care for us better than ourselves. It is not about getting the things of this world for there is no true and lasting delights found in those, it is instead the satisfaction found in gaining what we need. For it is there that our soul is sufficiently nourished and the delights are found.

Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your heart desires. Psalm 37:4 (NLT)

Gaining Delights

So just how do you go about gaining delights in life? If you understand that delights are a byproduct of obedience, then you are well on your way to gaining the nourishment your soul longs for. By spending time with God you can experience the delights He has to offer. This commitment to God begins by giving Him your most precious commodity; your time. It is through getting to know God better that you will find yourself more satisfied in life. This can come from just listening to Him, studying His word, or seeking Him out in quiet prayer. It must however be a commitment because it takes trusting Him fully with everything you have and then waiting patiently for God to work out what is best in your life. There is a secret to gaining the full benefits of the delights of God. To find true delights in life you must give up control. This is the true secret of life.

There was a third-century man waiting for death who penned these last words to a friend: ”It’s a bad world, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their soul. They have overcome the world. These people are the Christians and I am one of them.”Â (Moody Bible Institute, 1988)

Find the delights in your life by challenging yourself to let go and let God take full control. Give your time and possessions to God allowing His love for you to not only motivate you but to experience the full delights of Him. As your delights build and abound release your balloon in full view of others so they can witness the magnificence delights of God.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

PostScript

People have attempted to pursue joy in every possible way imaginable. It is clearly written where delights are not found.

  • Unbelief — Voltaire was an infidel of the most pronounced type. He wrote: “I wish I had never been born.”
  • Pleasure — Lord Byron lived a life of pleasure if anyone did. He wrote: “The worm, the canker, and grief are mine alone.”
  • Money — Jay Gould, the American millionaire – When dying, he said: “I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth.”
  • Position and Fame — Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of both. He wrote: “Youth is a mistake; manhood a struggle; old age a regret.”
  • Military Glory — Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. Having done so, he wept in his tent, before he said, “There are no more worlds to conquer.”

Where then are the real delights in life found? There is only one place – in Christ alone.

Adapted from (Osterhus Printing, 1993)

Extra Study

Psalm 145:19, Isaiah 58:14, Acts 2:28

Credits
Larson, B. (1983). The Preacher's Commentary Series (Vol. 26). Nashville: Word Publishing.

Moody Bible Institute. (1988, June). Today In The Word, p. 18.

Osterhus Printing. (1993, May). The Bible Friend. Robbinsdale, MN, USA: Osterhus Publishing Company.

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