Delighting in Christ

By Gurgen Sahakyan

Staff Writer

What does it mean to delight in Christ? It is to find your deepest joy and satisfaction in the Lord. As we come to Christ and behold His beauty, the Son of God promises us endless joy in His presence. It is for this reason that He came, to give His sheep life in abundance. Jesus has granted us unconditional joy in Him, regardless of our lives’ circumstances.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”

(Philippians 4:4; NASB)

Man loves to admire created things, such as people, mountains, sunsets, and rivers, but we must see our Lord Jesus Christ as the most admirable Person in the universe. Our longing hearts will not find joy and contentment until we recognize the only One who is able to satisfy our souls. May we never seek in the creature what can only be found in the Creator!

To admire Christ begins with an understanding of who He really is. Jesus is our intimate Savior and Shepherd who cares for us and knows us, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). As we meditate on the wonderful works of our Lord, we understand the love He has for His people: that He would suffer, and bleed, and die in order that we would be brought into the family of God.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

(Galatians 2:20)

May we also never forget to give thanks to our God for every gift He has granted us. “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). Every good thing in our lives is an act of God’s grace, and we should always receive them with gratitude, and thus we may see the beauty of the God who freely loves and freely gives!

What a wonderful reality that our God has granted us unconditional joy. As we fix our eyes upon Christ and admire Him and give thanks to Him for who He is and what He has done for us, the things of this world attract us less. When we recognize the beauty and the saving work of our all-sufficient Messiah, who is altogether glorious and fully able to fill us with His love, then we will begin to delight in Him, and will we know that Christ, and only Christ, can satisfy our longing hearts.

“O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,

that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”

(Psalm 90:14)

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