October 9, 2016

Delight in the Ways of the Lord


And his heart took delight in the ways of the Lord.  
2 Chronicles 17:6a

There is a very special story in 2 Chronicles, an Old Testament book which further details what we’ve already learned in 2 Kings as we follow the line of kings, the lineage of David, and watch the Israelite people move further away from God with a parade of bad kings, but we also find that there a few good ones in the royal line up.

Jehosophat was one of the few good kings, and when we read about him in 2 Chronicles 17 there is a verse that speaks to my heart. 

Now the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the former ways of his father David; he did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Israel. Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah gave presents to Jehoshaphat, and he had riches and honor in abundance.  And his heart took delight in the ways of the Lord; moreover he removed the high places and wooden images from Judah. (2 Chronicles 17:3-6) 

His heart took delight! This king’s heart took delight in the ways of the Lord! 

I was sitting by the window preparing my heart for prayer and God delighted me with the swirling of leaves outside the window, blown and tossed about on an autumn breeze. I watched leaf after leaf ride the wind, traveling air borne across the yard. I chose to memorize this scene and store it away for the coming winter months.

My gaze was on the beauty of trees and skies, a rabbit hopping into the flower garden, and the mourning doves that were already there gathering like friends in a row on my garden bench.

My thoughts returned to the verse I read earlier and I knew I wanted those words to be said of me, that my heart takes delight in the ways of the Lord. Ways that are higher than ours, ways that are mysterious to our understanding, because He is an awesome God.

I am not a king, but I will follow the example of King Jehosophat and I will delight in the ways of the Lord. I will start with delighting in all the beauty that He provided for my heart and before my eyes while watching leaves dance across the yard as I closed my eyes to pray.