The English language really is a wonder. We have so many words that mean so many things. The language is constantly evolving and new words are added all the time. However, some words have also lost meaning. We tend to replace some words with others and make words that don’t really mean the same thing interchangeable.
When you think of delight, is it temporary or permanent? Is it affected by circumstance or state of mind? Delight. Joy. Happy. Content. We often use these words in place of each other. But what does delight really mean?
DELIGHT is a more permanent pleasure than joy, and not dependent on sudden excitement.
A high degree of pleasure, or satisfaction of mind; joy.
With that in mind, take a look at some of the verses in Psalm 37.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (ESV)
But the meek shall inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.
Psalm 37:11 (ESV)
The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
When he delights in his way;
though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the Lord upholds his hand.
Psalm 37:23-24 (ESV)
None of these references have anything to do with being happy. No outside force is implied when David tells us to delight in the Lord, in abundant peace or God’s ways. Even in the hard times, as David explains, if we delight, if we find our joy in God and His will, His ways, we will find the blessing of peace.
The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
Psalm 37:39-40 (ESV)
Daily Bible reading: Psalm 36-37; Acts 23:1-11