Saturday, April 9, 2011


Reading in Jeremiah I noticed these words: "In these things I delight, saith the Lord."  We are told to delight ourselves in the Lord.  That means (among other things) that we should delight ourselves in those things which please and delight Him.  I have put in my own words a few things that the Bible specifically says please or delight the Lord.  I have included some verses which speak of His will ~ which is clearly His delight (Psalm 40:8).  The list is by no means exhaustive.

In these things the Lord delights:

~Lovingkindness (Jer. 9:24)
~Judgment (Jer. 9:24)
~Righteousness (Jer. 9:24)
~The steps of a good man (Psalm 37:23)
~Mercy (Micah 7:18, Hosea 6:6)
~Obeying the voice of the Lord (I Samuel 15:22)
~Those who fear Him (Psalm 147:11)
~Those who hope in His mercy (Psalm 147:11)
~Wisdom (Proverbs 8:30)
~A fair scale (Proverbs 11:1)
~Upright men (Proverbs 11:20)
~Honest dealing (Proverbs 12:22)
~The prayer of the upright (Proverbs 15:8)
~Songs of praise (Psalm 69:30-31)
~The salvation of believers (I Corinthians 1:21)
~Reconciliation of all things through Christ (Colossians 1:19-20)
~True good works (Hebrews 13:16)
~Sharing with one another (Hebrews 13:16)
~Gifts to God's servants (Philippians 4:18)
~Obedience to parents (Colossians 3:20)
~Building the house of God (Haggai 1:8)
~Knowledge of God (Hosea 6:6)
~Sanctification (I Thessalonians 4:3)
~Abstaining from fornication (I Thessalonians 4:3)
~Giving thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18)
~Good behavior (I Peter 2:15)
~Repentance (2 Peter 3:9, Ezekiel 18:23)
~Everlasting life (John 6:39-40)
~Companionship with His people (John 17:24)
~Predestination and adoption in Christ (Ephesians 1:4-5)

In these He does not delight:

~That any should perish (Matthew 18:14, 2 Peter 3:9)
~Sacrifices and burnt offerings (Isaiah 1:11, Psalm 51:16, Hebrews 10:6, 8)
~The strength of a horse (Psalm 147:10)
~The legs of a man (Psalm 147:10)
~Those who do evil (Malachi 2:17)
~The carnal mind which is of the flesh (Romans 8:8)
~Drawing back from the faith (Hebrews 10: 38-39)
~Unbelief (Hebrews 11:6)
~The death of the wicked (Ezekiel  18:23, 32; 33:11)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! I would like to put that list right on the bathroom door where it will definitely be read at leisure! Love, Debbie