“I delight greatly in the LORD;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
I’m not sure that I knew the meaning of the word delight until I saw Zach Jones (left) shooting down the water slide with his counselor Paul at the pool. Zach was one of my favorite campers last year and I had the pleasure of having him in my cabin again this year. He is thirteen, has Down Syndrome, and says everything with an irresistible little grin. Unlike a few of our other campers, I can’t recall a time this week that Zach threw a fit or complained even once. He was very content to participate in every activity, eat what was put before him, wake up and go to bed when ever asked.
But what does it mean to “delight greatly in the Lord”? I think it has something to with delighting in nothing else, taking no greater pleasure in anything than the joy of knowing Him.
When faced with disappointment in life, I’d like to ask the question more often, “What was my hope placed in?” Was it in a person? Was it in an event? Or was it placed in the Lord? I find that if my hope is placed solely in Him, on knowing Him, on delighting greatly in Him, on simply being in is company, life’s momentary hiccups are put sharply into perspective.
He is my hope. To know Him and be known by Him, to be transformed into His likeness, is my greatest delight. And all other things I count as loss.
-Christian from Camp