Daily Pointers for Connecting with God
Once we’ve come, become still and ceased our busy minds and bodies, we’ve listened and received the impartation of His truth, we reach the destination of our communion with Him: delight!
Hmmm? Whaddaya mean? Happiness? A peaceful easy feeling? Warm fuzzies?
No. Much, much deeper than that. In our core passage of Isaiah 55, God questions our labor and spending habits, which demonstrate an obsession with what we think satisfies us, but in reality does not. And He follows it up with an invitation: “Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.”
Don’t miss this: listen, and delight. God’s disclosure of Himself to us produces deep joy in us. Not in things, or even in what God does, not even in hopeful thoughts about the future. The rich food is God Himself. His Presence, His love, His character, the beauty of all His perfection, His love, His glory. That’s what we were created for. That’s what He longs to restore in us – delight in Him. Being uppermost in our thoughts and affections. Long before we get to praying for others, our faith in Him is fueled by our delight in Him that far exceeds all other forms of happiness.
Remember this old song?
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
In other words: everything else loses its attraction when we turn our spiritual eyes (and listening ears) upon Jesus. Delight in Him above all else is our highest form of worship.
That is significant in this time of unprecedented turbulence. It’s not an escape from reality, but rather an embracing of the One who is on the Throne, and without Whom nothing in this world happens. Shelter in place? Sure. In the shadow of His wings!
So come, taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). Let your listening turn to delight in the Father that stirs up worship and exaltation of the One Whose ways are higher than ours!