I recently got back from Alaska. An acquaintance there, who does men’s ministry, gave me a book. Its subtitle was “Nine disciplines that connect your heart to God’s.” I did accept the gift even though the subtitle made me a little uneasy. To me “discipline” was some set of nasty experiences you had to endure often for long periods of time. Or it was something you got for disobedience. I would rather “Delight in God.”
Delight is a way to get to a person’s heart. Ask anybody who has a love life. Psalm 37:4-6 says we are to delight ourselves in the LORD. The verb “delight” in that verse is a command, an imperative. It is a command to delight in God, the LORD God. The subtitle “Delights that Connect Your Heart to God’s” is more appealing to me. It is also scriptural.
We can delight in God the Father with the delight a true son has in his loving earthly father, Those delights bond us to Him. Delight is something we choose to do. No one can make us delight in anything. I takes an openness, a willingness to let our hearts delight in Him. And therefore be unified with His heart.
This is the beginning of a series of post that examine some of these delights that help connect our heart to God the Father. I have a list of about a dozen of these delights. Each post will cover one or more these. At some point I may take time do deal with those Greek words that sometimes get translated “discipline.” That would also be a time we can address other objections.