Delight: A High Degree of Pleasure

Psalm 1 says that the person who is “blessed” is the person whose “delight is in the law of the LORD.”

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “delight” – in noun form – as:

1. A high degree of pleasure, or satisfaction of mind; joy.

His delight is in the law of the Lord. Psalms 1:2.

2. That which gives great pleasure; that which affords delight

I was daily his delightProverbs 8:30.

DELIGHT is a more permanent pleasure than joy, and not dependent on sudden excitement. (Fn)

In the entry for the word in The Complete Word Study: Old Testament (WSOTDICT) says:

The root idea is to incline toward something. (Fn)

QUESTIONS FOR APPLICATION: 

  1. What do you delight in?
    1. What gives you “a high degree of pleasure, or satisfaction of mind” or “joy”?
  2. When you have free time, what are you “[inclined] toward”?
  3. When your choice is not God’s Word (or helpful resources that expound and explain God’s Word, as a secondary option), what is going on in your heart at that moment?
    1. For example, do you choose something else because you believe you deserve to chill-out for a while and relax?

What do you think? Would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave them in the comments below.

Webster, Noah. “Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Delight.” Websters Dictionary 1828, webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/delight.

Baker, Warren, and Eugene E. Carpenter. The complete word study dictionary: Old Testament 2003 : 365. Print.

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