Pause. Remember. Savor. Delight.
What might it be like to be the focus of someone's delight? Can you imagine being enjoyed simply for being you? no earning? no striving? no perfecting? Just being.
This text invites us to return our gaze upon the One who gazes upon us with all delight. Notice that gaze upon you afresh today.
Psalm 16 (NIV)
Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
For Reflection and Prayer:
Was there a word, a phrase, image, or feeling that shimmered as you listened? Bring it into your prayer with Jesus. Perhaps you want to draw or color your prayer.
Ask God, "How are you delighting in me right now? What do you see in me that brings you such joy?" Journal what you hear or see.
In your prayer, picture your boundary lines. Where is God? Have a conversation about your needs with God. Where and how are you noticing God’s provision and care for you?
Reflect on your day, asking the Holy Spirit to bring to your mind where you experienced the most joy. Where did you experience the least joy? Bring your reflections and ‘noticings’ into your prayer with God. Is there more that God wants to say to you through either or both experiences?