Delighting in Devotion

Do you take delight in devotion to the Lord?

The definition of devotion is “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.” It is in the loving, being loyal to, and having enthusiasm for, that we actually flesh out the true delight.

In my journey of recalibrating life, I am trying to make everything less complicated and overwhelming. I want it all to be less about doing and more about being. And learning to delight in devotion is totally about being.

First of all, delighting in devotion is about living out loving the Lord.

In Matthew 22:37 (NIV), Jesus tells us to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind.”

1 John 4:7-8 tells us “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

We can show love to others by giving them honor and respect, giving them praise and encouragement, spending time with them, sharing with them, giving them gifts, and telling them how much they mean to us.

We can show love to the Lord in many of the same ways. We can give Him honor and respect as we go through our lives living out our moments according to His will. Honoring and respecting His name in our words and showing reverence to Him in our choices. We can praise His name as we converse with others and also in our prayers as we talk with Him. We can give Him gifts of sharing our time, of our presence with Him, and of our finances.

Secondly, delighting in devotion is about living loyal to the Lord. When we are loyal to others we show our faithfulness to them. We speak well of them and do not slander them, we keep our promises, and we make ourselves available to them because they matter to us. We journey through life with them.

Ephesians 4:2-3 tells us to “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

The Lord also has something to say about our loyalty to Himself as well.

2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…”

The Lord desires that His people give their hearts fully to Him. He wants us to be loyal to Him. And He promises in the above verse to reward our faithfulness by showing Himself strong on our behalf. The Lord also wants us to commit our plans to Him.

Proverbs 16:3 reminds us to “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
Proverbs 3:6 explains that we should acknowledge the Lord and He will make our paths straight. God wants us to be obedient like Peter who told those who wanted him to dishonor the Lord, “we must obey God rather than human beings (Acts 5:29).” Our loyalty to the Lord is very important to Him.

Thirdly, delighting in devotion is about enthusiasm for the Lord.

When we are devoted to the Lord we are enthusiastic about our relationship with Him.

Romans 10:11 “Don’t be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”

In 2 Kings 20:3, Hezekiah tells the Lord, “Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes…” I want to be able to say this to the Lord as Hezekiah did. I want to walk faithfully with wholehearted devotion.

Titus 2:14 says that we should be eager to do what is good, and 1 Peter 5:2 says that we should be eager to serve.

When you think of devotion, as you consider living out love, loyalty, and enthusiasm, do you see how our delight can be evidenced in these? It is all about living out the devotion and delighting in the opportunities that arise in doing so. Somehow I can’t help but think this is really what the Lord meant all along.

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17 thoughts on “Delighting in Devotion

  1. These beautiful words speak directly to my heart. “I want it all to be less about doing and more about being.” Love, loyalty and devotion…I’ll be considering these this week.

    Your neighbor at Fresh Market Friday 🙂

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    1. So glad that you are my neighbor at the link up! “Doing” comes so much more naturally for me, so learning to live the “being” part is taking time. But it is a good way to live. It is the way of knowing the Lord’s presence more. What could be better than that? Sweet blessings!

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  2. I think the more time we spend with the Lord, the more our delight grows. I look forward to my times with the Lord each morning and miss it when it gets pushed aside. I’m learning to “pray without ceasing” as I try to remember the Lord is with me all through the day and I can breathe a prayer anytime. Blessings to you! I’m a neighbor at #FreshMarketFriday.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. Yes, “recalibrating life” is very necessary for me, it is a journey. It is the start of a good journey, one on which the Lord is teaching me so many things. Sweet blessing to you!

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  3. These pointers are great! I like how you unpacked what devotion means as I think it’s a word we often use but don’t necessarily think about in this way – talking about doing devotions etc. whereas real devotion should carry through into every part of our lives.

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    1. Thank you! I am so glad that you stopped by. I think that so often in our busyness we do “devotions”, I know I have been guilty of that, but the Lord is showing me He wants us (me) to live out our devotion in all of life! And He deserves our fully devoted hearts! Sweet Blessings to you!

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  4. What a beautifully written post! This sentence: ” I want it all to be less about doing and more about being,” made me think. It seems like at first life is about acquiring, then it is about doing, finally, it is about just being.

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    1. I am so glad that you were encouraged. Growing in the the Lord and strengthening our walks with the Lord is or should be an ongoing process. And we all need encouragement along the way! Thankfully the Lord is gracious and meets us in our neediness! Sweet blesdings to you!

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  5. The phrase “delight instead of duty” has become monumental in my life. As the Bride of Christ, naturally, He would want us to delight in Him rather than merely carrying out His will dutifully. He wants relationship, not robots! What a gift that we get to know the Creator of All Things, the God of the Universe, the King of Kings PERSONALLY!

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  6. “Recalibrating life”–those two words gathered my attention right away. I desire to take even greater delight in devotion to the Lord. Something within rings that there’s “more.” Cheryl, I love and appreciate how you intertwine various verses with the topic as well. I’m going to set this ” inner ringing” in prayer. Thanks for helping prompt that. Visiting today via #faithonfire.

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