4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires
The expression to “take delight” or to “have pleasure in” brings to mind the first poem that I wrote, which turned out to be a rather accidental (providential) occurrence. In 1960 as a pre-pharmacy student at Purdue University , I enrolled in a freshman composition class, and I recall that I was asked to write a response to this prompt:”May I Tell You What Delights Me?” I made a list of things that brought me pleasure, and when I read what I had written to the class, my professor described it as poetry. Years later I realized that I had written a free-verse, catalog poem, in the style of Walt Whitman. Near the top of the list of sources of delight for me was the Book of Psalms. Indeed, Psalm 40:8 in the Amplified Bible expresses my sentiments exactly:
I delight to do Your will, O my God; yes, Your law is within my heart.
Just as we delight or take pleasure in God, our Father delights or takes pleasure in His children, the Scriptures also speak of God’s “good pleasure,” an expression found in Ephesians 1:5 which is the inspiration for the following poem:
The Good Pleasure of His Will
Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself,
according to the good pleasure of His will,
Ephesians 1:5 [NKJV]
“The safest place in the whole wide world
is the perfect will of God.”
Contemporary Christian Song
God makes all things new in yet another new season,
In this place where our divine destinies intersect.
As we finish the work, what we lack, He will perfect,
Far beyond anything our mortal minds can reason.
To abide in God’s perfect will Jesus led the way.
In the garden, he said, not my will but yours be done,
Praying that as he and the Father, so might we be one
To reverse the curse of Adam who chose to disobey.
God’s desire is that we know joy without measure.
In fulfilling God’s will His presence is ever near.
Signs, wonders, and miracles happen when we are here
Where we prove His perfect will and know His good pleasure.
The will of God is a safe haven where we can hide:
In the good pleasure of His will we long to abide.
Esther Mui offers a musical rendering of “Adopted as Sons” based on Ephesians 1:3-6:
After fifty-five years, I still find great pleasure in the Psalms which continue to be one of the delights of my life.