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. (1)

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

The root idea is to incline toward something. (2)


  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.

(1) Webster, Noah. “Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Delight.” Websters Dictionary 1828,
(2) Baker, Warren, and Eugene E. Carpenter. The complete word study dictionary: Old Testament 2003 : 365. Print.

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