1. Get to Know Him
I am intimately acquainted with the people I delight most in on this earth. I know that my young adult longs to live somewhere near the water, that my teenager loves scented candles, that my mom hates it when the heroine in a fiction novel bites her lip, and that when my husband doesn’t like something I’ve made for dinner (rarely), he says, “Um…no, I think I’m good!” when I ask if he wants seconds.
Delighting in God requires me to get to know Him well, too. He is immortal, invisible, and beyond full comprehension with my human, finite mind, but He IS knowable. And He wants to be known: “‘Let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 9:24).
I need to know God’s likes and dislikes, His preferences, His habits, His character, His nature. If someone asked me, “Tell me about your father,” I could rattle off a description of my wonderful early dad without missing a beat. The same needs to be true if someone asks, “Tell me about the Father.” In-depth knowledge of God is the fountain into which all rivers of delight in Him flow.
2. Spend Time with Him
If knowledge of God is a fountain, time spent with Him is its widest input spring. If my husband and I—strangers to each other until the morning we met at church in our twenty-somethings—never spent time together, we would not know all there is to love and appreciate about each other.
How can we expect to delight in God if we don’t know Him, and how can we expect to know Him if we never spend time with Him? Prayers of all kinds at all times, in-depth Bible study, Scripture memorization, worship, fellowship with other people who know God well, taking a walk in nature, and being awed by God’s handiwork….all of these feed our delight by feeding our knowledge. To spend time with God is to know Him, and to know Him is to enjoy Him.