Delightful. I have been trying to use this word more often. Mostly because I get stuck on words, and start annoying myself when I use it often.
I started over-using ‘beautiful’ to describe things, and now every time I say it I cringe inwardly.
I was stuck on ‘stellar’ once. Now it only appears every now and then.
I am a word person. I love words. I get stuck on words. It’s just a fact.
I also love to dissect Bible words and find what they meant in the original language. Seriously, I really do annoy people with words.
For months…ok, still…I go on and on about the original definition of ‘mercy’ in Micah 6:8. There is most likely a post somewhere in my archives. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t mean grace.
What I love about the word delightful is the image it brings to my mind. For whatever reason that word brings a sense of freedom, and genuine affection towards something meaningful. Maybe it is the way it rolls off the tongue. It even sounds pretty.
The actual definition is ‘causing delight or charming’ with the synonyms being ‘pleasant, enjoyable or lovely’ according to the ever accurate Google.
The word ‘delight’ and ‘delightful’ are used in the NIV Bible 105 times.
But it is not just used as describing something. Several times it is God speaking in being delighted by his people.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. [Psalm 18:17-19]
I love that God finds delight in me. It takes the pressure off to try and fit an image every day that he would find accepting. Of course unconditional love is thrown in there, too. There is just something freeing in knowing God not only loves me, but also finds me delightful. It is as though he sees added charm in me…cherishes me.
What image does ‘delight’ bring to your mind?
As I rest in this today…I sincerely hope that every day I return the favor by finding God just as delightful as he finds me.
Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation. My whole being will exclaim, “Who is like you, Lord? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.” [Psalm 35:9-10]