What makes you smile?

I once sat in a hospital waiting room for awhile with a man I’d never met.

We’d just said “hello” when he began pulling out the photo albums. I doubt you’ll ever find someone who was any prouder of his grandkids than this gentleman.

And you would be too, wouldn’t you, if all of your kids or grandkids were almost certainly going to be president or cure cancer or eliminate poverty?

Apparently, these were some incredibly accomplished kids, and there’s no telling what they might do when they’re old enough to start school.

We’ve all got something like that, don’t we? Something we like . . . a lot.

Something, to use Bible talk, we “delight in.”

It can be something as trivial as sports. They’ll glow for weeks when their team won the title.

Or maybe it’s another hobby, like woodworking, hunting, shopping, clothing, or home decorating.

Nothing makes some folks smile as much as a store-wide 50% off sale at their favorite outlet.

And there’s nothing wrong with that.

God created us to enjoy things–our families, our hobbies, our passions.

But of course some people delight in good things but stop short of taking pleasure in what’s really good, inherently good, perfectly good.

They love the good, but not the great. They thrill at the temporal, but not the eternal.

And that’s where we mess up.

In our devotional time for a couple of days, let’s meditate deeply on the first psalm. Notice what it says about delight:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish (Psalm 1:1-6).

His delight is in the law of the Lord.

Sometimes I struggle with that, don’t you?

Sometimes I’m quicker to scroll through Twitter or Facebook than I am the word of God.

Sometimes I switch on ESPN or Discovery before I look at my Bible.

And I miss out.

I miss out on what really satisfies, what really delights, what really lasts.

What about you?

Pray about this today.

Pray that God will help you delight in his law. Pray that he’ll touch your heart and give it a hunger for what really satisfies, instead of the world’s cheap substitutes.

I wish there were a switch we could flip, and God would remove our shallowness and give us spiritual depth that finds its satisfaction in Scripture.

But it doesn’t work like that.

It starts with realizing that our delights might be misplaced, and then asking God to fix it.

He’ll do it.

If the word of God isn’t your greatest pleasure, take a step toward spiritual maturity by asking him to open your heart to his truth, just as he did Lydia’s heart (Acts 8:14).

Those grandkids are special, your favorite team may be incredible, but nothing can truly delight like the law of the Lord.

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