Josh. 1, Ps. 120-122, Isaiah 61, Matt. 9

“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.”

Isaiah 61:10

Delight.


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

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6 responses to “Josh. 1, Ps. 120-122, Isaiah 61, Matt. 9

  1. Kathi

    Love hearing from you, thanks for your faithfulness in writing and in serving. Enjoy the rest of your time at Camp!

  2. Love the photo. Delight, definitely.

  3. ps.anglin

    Been sitting on my porch utterly distracted this morning. Your post has helped to refocus my mind… on Him. Thank you.

  4. “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.”

    Your post in itself was delightful, but the section above was what reached out and slapped me this morning. It made me realize that probably the biggest reason we even face disappointment in life is because of our misdirected hope. Goodness…. you would think at some point this would sink into my thick head.

  5. Took great delight in reading your post! Enjoyed the picture! Some people can add hope to our world with just a smile! That’s why God put them here! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sue

    Christian – I was on a long vacation and I’m just catching up a little so I missed this post when you first posted it. Just wanted to say thanks for a great post and I, too, took delight in reading it! I’m sure I will think of this picture often now when I read about delighting in the Lord. It’s a g!reat visual

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