There are things in which we delight. Those things, whatever they may be for you, are things we are drawn to. We yearn for these things and position ourselves to be immersed in them. Those various delights are occasionally carnal in nature. At times they are spiritual, righteous, and holy in nature. Either way the things that we want and the things in which we find delight are often the same.
I started playing golf when I was in my late 20’s. I was a little late to the game but once the golf bug bit I didn’t want to stop. I delighted in the sport. I played every chance I got. The smell of the freshly manicured grass, the early morning solitude, and the late evening time of relaxation beckoned me time and time again. Every aspect pointed toward delight. I delighted in golf so I made time for golf. I invested in golf. Golf is not a cheap hobby to acquire, but I seemed to look for opportunities to spend money on the sport.
I wasn’t very good at the time (and things haven’t changed from then until now), but I didn’t care. Just being there disconnected from everything for a couple of hours was therapeutic.
Things change over time and while I would still love to play golf once a week, I now find delight in my family. Delight now takes the form of seeing my daughter smile, hearing her laugh, and hanging out with my wifey. While humanity’s delights may change, those of my Lord do not.
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. – Micah 7:18
God’s delights are immutable, steadfast, reliable… and He delights in MERCY. He is drawn toward Mercy. He looks for opportunities to provide mercy. He is invested in mercy, most notably seen in Jesus’ sacrifice. Mercy is not a passing fad. It’s His driving motivation. His love commands that mercy be His extension.
If you have a fractured relationship with God, it’s likely because you do not have a proper understanding of how passionately He desires to forgive and relent. To know God means that we accept the possibility of wrath but find comfort in the truth that He desires mercy to be his anthem.
As a side note, my friends, Landon and Heather Schott, are launching a church called Mercy Culture Church in Ft. Worth, Texas. What a beautiful image of what will they will cultivate in that city. We are a country that needs His mercy and I can’t wait to see how it flows from this community. If you’d like to get involved in helping to launch Mercy Culture Church, visit their website and listen to their story! https://www.mercyculture.com