Holiness/ Psalm 119 Study

4 Ways to Find Delight in God’s Word 

Sometimes our Bible reading can get stagnant. When this happens we need to find new ways to enjoy reading the Bible. Here are 4 ways to find delight in God's Word!

I love a good cup of coffee. Coffee helps me get out of bed in the morning. Many nights before I lay down for bed, I think to myself “I can’t wait to drink my coffee in the morning!”  

Coffee brings me happiness. The taste, the smell and the pleasure of it brightens my morning.

But ya know what, when my coffee isn’t just right it can put a damper on the experience. All my happiness of drinking coffee quickly fades if it isn’t the way I like it.

My delight in coffee is purely dependent upon the taste.

Sadly, that’s how many Christians feel about God and His Word. They only find delight in it when things are going just right in their lives.

And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭47

As we study Psalm 119, I’ve noticed how many times David uses the word “delight”. I started circling the word early on and am amazed at how frequently David chooses that word. This was a man in love with Christ!

I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭16‬

Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors. Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭24‬

And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭47‬

Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law. ‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭70‬

Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight. Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭77‬

Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭92‬

6 times he mentions this and we are just approaching the halfway point!

As I was circling the word delight in Thursday’s verses, I asked myself, “how does one find such unwavering delight in God’s word?” It appears to be the key to David’s love for Christ.

David knew that without this delight he wouldn’t be able to weather his storms. (Verse 92)

We cannot get through affliction without Him.

According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, delight is a high degree of pleasure, or satisfaction of mind; joy.

Fairly simple right? But what struck me most was what was written at the end of the definition. Delight is a more permanent pleasure than joy, and not dependent on sudden excitement.

Not dependent on sudden excitement.

Delighting in God’s Word doesn’t change based on our circumstances. Good or bad. No matter what our affliction is, our delight should not change. 

In verses 89 -90, David reminds us that God’s Word is settled forever in heaven and that His faithfulness is to all generations. God’s Word doesn’t change from generation to generation. Therefore, we can find unwavering delight in it no matter what life throws at us.

Sometimes our Bible reading can get stagnant. When this happens we need to find new ways to enjoy reading the Bible. Here are 4 ways to find delight in God's Word!

4 Ways to Find Delight in God’s Word

Seek Him.

Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭2‬

How’s your walk with God?

Make time for Him each day. Memorize and meditate on His Word.

The more you seek Him, the more you’ll love Him and find delight In Him.

Keep it. 

Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭4-5‬

Be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer

Put your faith into action.

Trust it.

For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. ‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭89-90‬

God is not going to change, we can trust in that!

He will keep His promises. Delight in that!

Love it.

O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭97‬

David longed after God. He was in love His Word. When you love someone you naturally delight in them.

Love is spelled T-I-M-E.

If it’s important to you, you will find a way.

coffee

While my delight in my coffee may change based on circumstances, I want to be like David who has an unwavering delight in God!

 

Your turn! What ways are you delighting in God’s Word?

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Tiffany
    July 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Love this post. So true about delighting in the Lord. Thanks for sharing! Many blessings, Tiffany

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      July 13, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks Tiffany! God’s Word is so rich, I hope to be as delighted in it as David!
      Anastasia

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    Elizabeth Spencer
    July 15, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing this, Anastasia! Your insightful comments resonated in my mind after I just spent some time in the Psalms of the Ascent and was thinking how some of them “taste” a little bitter! Blessings on your (coffee-filled) morning…stopping by from Coffee (!) and Conversation!

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      Anastasia Safee
      July 15, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      I’m so glad it went along with your other readings, the way God works is amazing!

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    Mary Geisen
    July 15, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing Psalm 119 and for the ideas as to how to delight in the Lord and sustain it. I love the word delight which was my one word for last year and know that keeping our eyes focused on Jesus in everything is where it needs to begin. Blessed to be visiting you from Messy Marriage.

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      Anastasia Safee
      July 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Mary, I love the idea of a word for the year! Thanks for visiting!

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    Sheryl @ Cherished Magazine
    July 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    As a fellow coffee lover I loved the analogy between the bad cup of coffee and when things are sort of “bad” in our life. It really spoke to me! Thanks for giving me a great visual.

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    Tracey Cross
    July 16, 2015 at 12:18 am

    So pleased I’m not the only one who goes to bed looking forward to coffee in the morning. Seems fitting I’m drinking my third cup of fairly ordinary coffee (not sure why) this morning – but made sweeter by this great post. Thank you for your straight to the point thoughts and guidance. Me too – I want to be like David who took continual delight in an immense and faithful God despite all.

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      July 16, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Coffee kindred spirits! Gotta love a good cup of coffee 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

  • Reply
    Charisse
    July 16, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Great message! I love your analogy between your delight in “coffee” in retrospect to our delight in “God”. This is so true. Whatever is our personal passion, we should be able to express that same fervor for our Heavenly Father, whether good or bad. Thanks for sharing such a reflective message. Charisse 🙂

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    Melanie Redd
    July 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    What a great word, Ana~

    I’m really challenged by these words: “Delighting in God’s Word doesn’t change based on our circumstances. Good or bad. No matter what our affliction is, our delight should not change. ”

    Too often, I only delight when I feel good or when things are going well. Thanks for the reminder to delight in the Word no matter what!

    I followed you on Pinterest and pinned you here: https://www.pinterest.com/melredd/blog-link-parties-and-blog-link-ups/

    Thanks for hosting the Shine link up. I’m enjoying meeting many other bloggers~

    Hope you have a blessed day today,
    Melanie

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      July 16, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      I’m right there with you Melanie! I’m so glad God is longsuffering with us!
      Anastasia

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    Lyli @3dlessons4life.com
    July 21, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Anastasia,
    It’s so lovely to “meet you” through Thought-Provoking Thursday. I was out of town and am playing a little catch up today. Your post is so “right on time” for me as I am actually leading an online study through Psalms 119 right now!
    Blessings,
    Lyli

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      Anastasia Safee
      July 22, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m excited to get to know people in the blogging world! I’m loving going through Psalm 119! Its so rich when you slow down to take it all in.

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    Deb Wolf
    July 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I love this. Great analogy and perfect reminder. I want to delight in God’s Word like David, too!

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