FEBRUARY 25, 2018

The two simple words, pure delight, are loaded with meaning. They can be used in many different settings or contexts. For example, a grandparent can attend the first grade violin concert of their granddaughter, and come away saying, “That was pure delight!” And, they can truly mean it! Others at the concert may not have concluded the same thing, but to the grandparent – pure delight. Another person can take a bite of warm, rhubarb custard pie, savoring its’ wonderful flavor, and exclaim, “Now, that is pure delight!” And, know everyone else should come to the same conclusion!

The point is, while one person may “delight” in an event, object, food, person, etc., there may be some discrepancy in preference. However, there is one universal “pure delight.” It has never left anyone wanting, it has satisfied all who have experienced it, and it never leaves them with that which is unsatisfactory. What is this universal delight one may ask? It is pure delight, delight that can only be found in the person of Jesus Christ. Some attempt to find their delight in sports, career success, academics, experimentation, gadgets, or even through denial. But, pure delight comes from only one source, the true and living God. In Isaiah 58:2, we read…they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways. Notice how God honors those that delight in Him.

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 58:14)

Yes, God created us for delight, but only in Him can we find pure delight.
– Dr. Jeff Redlin