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SHEAR DELIGHT

I want to talk to you about the “delights of your heart”. We can determine what a person takes pleasure in by their habits. Remember that habits are passed on to those who watch our lives We are always communicating what is important by the way we live.

As I was reading through the first five chapters of Genesis, I realized that Adam was setting a precedent for every generation that followed him. Through disobedience (not listening carefully enough to obey), sin produced a strange kind of behavior with Adam. Up to Genesis 2:25, the  “sound of the Lord God walking in the garden” was a delight to Adam.  Sin changed this delight to fear causing Adam and Eve to “hide themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (Gen. 3:8). Notice the influence Adam had on his wife so that they “hid” together.

Let’s look at the next generation. Cain is influenced by the sin of his parents and kills Abel, his brother, out of envy because Abel found delight in offering what was acceptable to God. Both Adam and his son Cain could have found comfort, safety and delight in the presence of
God, but like his father, Cain blames God for hiding His face from Cain. He imposed on himself the idea of being a “fugitive and a wanderer on the earth…” (4:14).

How let’s go down the road a few more generations. God replaces the generation of Abel with Seth. From Seth came several generations until we get to Enoch (Gen. 5). Twice in verse 22 and 24 we read that ” Enoch walked with God…”.  Now here is the point I want us to make in this.  Enoch found his delight in the presence of God and God was delighted in Enoch!  So great was God’s pleasure in Enoch’s delight that He had to permanently put Enoch in His presence – out of this world.  Now that is unspeakable delight!

David concludes Psalm 16 by saying, “You make known to me the path of life; “in your presence there is fullness of joy (delight); at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11).  Hebrews adds that Enoch was aware before God took him that he “pleased God” (Heb. 11:5).  Of such “the world is not worthy” (v.38).

Where do you spend time and in what is your “delight”?  Are you fearful of God’s presence? Is unconfessed sin and pleasure of this world causing you to “hide” and preventing you from enjoying the “fullness of joy”?   How are you influencing others; the next generation? Do they see your “delight in the presence of the Lord”?

“…find rest under the shadow of Christ, ah, this is great delight.  Lord, evermore may I be filled with this joy!” By Robert Murray McCheyne.

Learning the joy of this *DELIGHT*,