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DELIGHTED: Psalm 34:1–8

READ

I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Psalm 34:1–8 (NASB)

REFLECT

The psalmist illuminates the pathway from depending on the Lord to delighting in him. Look at verse 4: “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Dependence leads to deliverance, which leads a person to say things like, “O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together” (v. 3).

Remember what Mary said after the angel visited her with the news of what was to come? “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:45 NRSV). She delighted in God.

To delight in the Lord is to move toward the place of unquenchable joy. Yes, to delight in God is to enjoy God. Have you ever consciously let yourself enjoy the goodness and glory of God? Note how the psalmist just can’t stop. We have blessed the Lord, boasted in the Lord, magnified the Lord, exulted in the Lord, and now this: “O taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8).

Think about the way we take delight in choice foods. I recently found myself in a long line at the drive-through window at Krispy Kreme Donuts. I was so looking forward to one of those freshly cooked hot donuts. I anticipated it with every inch my car moved forward. Finally to the window, I paid and, before they could give me my receipt, I was already biting into one. It was pure delight. Delight is an all-five-senses experience. That’s what God wants for us. In fact, this is the way he feels about us.

PRAY

Heavenly Father, if I’m honest, I don’t know this experience the psalmist describes. I want to. Would you change the nature and character of my relationship with you such that I can learn to live in this place of delighting in you? Lead me in this way. I know you are good, but I want more. I want to taste and see that you are good. I want to enjoy your goodness. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

CONFERENCE

Is delighting yourself in the Lord a new experience for you? How does the invitation to do so stretch you? What has delighting in the Lord been like in your experience? How did you do it? Share with your band.