We never can enjoy God as our all-satisfying Being unless we know how to access his presence. Those who walked with God know the importance of his presence. Be it our Lord Jesus Christ, Moses, David, Mary, Anna, including the prophets like Jeremiah, Ezekiel, etc., they all found the presence of God so enriching and refreshing. They all discovered that God’s presence is the place of personal inner renewal.
The Scriptures outlines the ways we can enjoy God’s presence. First, we must delight in him. “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass” (Psalms 37:4-5 NKJV).
One key word in this text is the word “delight.” To delight in someone simply means to have a strong feeling towards that person; it means to make that person occupy a priority place in our heart or to make him the object of our joy and pleasure. To delight in God means to make God your first love, to seek him, to pursue after him through his word and through prayer. You spend quality time in whatever you delight in. No matter what it is, no one who delights in something spends less time on that thing. The time you devote to something is a measure of your love and interest in it.
There cannot be true delight in something without being motivated towards that object. Love for something makes us to delight in it. See how the love for God pulsates in the heart of this particular Psalmist, “My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” (Psalms 84:2 NKJV). Those who delight in God have an inward chase after God; they are God chasers.
Next, love leads to trust and confidence. Your love for someone leads you to trust that person. David brings out these two keys words beautifully in Psalm 5:11, “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You” (Psalms 5:11 NKJV). Love and trust in God leads us to be joyful in him.
Those who delight in God seek him through the medium of his word. The Bible is the revealed will of God. Read what another Psalmist, not DAVID, said about delighting in the word of God. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalms 1:1-2 NKJV). Those who avoid the ungodly, the way of sinners and the scornful, but make the word of God their delight succeeds in their endeavors.
Those who delight in God also seek to establish intimacy with him. James says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8 NKJV). In the place of prayer, the secrets things of God are revealed to those who delight in God. The secret things of the kingdom are often revealed to those who make a diligent search for them. The Holy Spirit is the revealer and teacher of the secrets of God. Learn to enjoy God as your all-satisfying Being.
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