Psalm 119: Delight

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Delight: noun- something or someone that provides a source of joy.

I was recently reading a devotion about finding delight in God’s presence. It was talking about how if you are in God’s word daily, you will go through the 3-D’s. These are: drudgery, discipline, and delight. At first you won’t want to take time out of your busy schedule to spend it with God, but you do it anyway. Then you will become disciplined and realize how important daily down time with God is. And if you make it past these two D’s, you will start to find delight in spending time with God daily and look forward to being in His presence.

At the end of the devotion, it asks you to go through Psalm 119 and circle every ‘delight’ that you find. So I did this and came up with nine, after reading through it twice. This may not seem like a lot, but to me I thought that it was interesting. Every time the word delight is mentioned, the author talks about how God’s laws, commands, decrees, and statutes gives them delight! How crazy is that? That laws and rules could give someone delight!

Reading through this Psalm and seeing how it has applied in my own life, I can see how the author finds delight in God’s laws. I find that when I am following God’s commands instead of doing whatever I please, that I am filled with more joy. Psalm 119:24 says “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.” I really liked that verse because it tells us God’s commands are our counselors to living a more joyful life.

I encourage you to spend time daily with God and find the delight that I, as well as the author of Psalm 119 has found.

In God’s grip,
Alex

Mission Trip to San Francisco

My youth group and I recently went on a mission trip to San Francisco this past October. I love these inner city trips because it is not only helping others, but these kinds of trips really open eyes to how much poverty and need is in our own country (for those of you who are American anyway).

Some of the things we did were: work at various food banks, working at the Rescue Mission, doing a few prayer walks, and kids ministries. One child ministry we went to was called King’s Club. It is one of the only after school programs that incorporate Christ into its daily activities. King’s Club is a place for K-12 kids to hang out in a safe environment after school. The people that run the club help the kids with their homework and various other things, as well as helping them get to know their Saviour, Jesus Christ. The day we were there we played with the children and helped them with their homework. A few kids from our group led VBS for the little ones while a friend of mine, Rachael, and I led worship for the teenagers. I also gave my testimony while we were there.

One experience that I wanted to share with you guys is how my group met a woman named Monica. We had bought some things at a convenience store to make sandwiches and such and we were looking for a person in need to have lunch with. We had been walking around for a while and we weren’t getting much in the Spirit in where God wanted us to go. We walked by a woman and she asked us if that was food in the bag we were carrying. Our leader, Laura, and I exchanged glances and we knew that this was the person God wanted us to have lunch with. So we told her that it was food and that we would like to have lunch with her.

After eating a few sandwiches, we started to talk to Monica a little bit. We learned that after her parents separated, she ran away to San Francisco and had been there ever since. After talking for a bit we headed back to where we were to meet afterwards, leaving Monica with the remaining food. It was amazing to see how God had led us to this woman with just a simple, “Is that food in your bag?”. It reminds me of a few Bible verses. “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:37-40 NIV).

That’s how I think that we should treat others, the way we would treat Jesus.

In God’s grip,
Alex