What A Delight

spectrum_3-021114-ykwv1Even though the life and ministry of Peter had as many ups and downs as a roller coaster, he was a witness to many of the pivotal moments in the early history of Christianity. One such incident was the transfiguration of Jesus.

Peter never forgot that life-changing moment and probably spoke of it often: “We did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, a voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him! And we heard this voice when it came from heaven while we were with Him on the holy mountain (2 Peter 1:16-18).”

There is a five word phrase in Peter’s account that is found two other places in the New Testament. “I take delight in Him” is also found in Matthew 3:7 and Matthew 17:5. In both of the instances, God is expressing His approval and love for Jesus. The first was at the baptism of Jesus and the second was the transfiguration experience in which Peter was present.

If God delights in Jesus, shouldn’t we do the same? Not only did God say that He delighted in Jesus, but He followed that statement up with a command: “Listen to Him!”

In the Psalms and the book of Proverbs, there is a strong correlation between the word delight and the believer’s relationship with God:

• Psalm 40:8: I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.
• Psalm 119:16: I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
• Proverbs 11:1: Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight.
• Proverbs 12:22: Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.
• Proverbs 15:8: The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.

We need to realize that “delight” is heavy with the fullness of God. Paul had this fullness in mind when he wrote: “My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead (Philippians 3:9-11).”

When we truly know Him, and the transforming power of His resurrection, we will “delight” in Him, in His Word, and in His wisdom.

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