Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Review: Discovering Delight

In her book Discovering Delight: 31 Meditations on Loving God's Law, Glenda Mathes examines various passages from Scripture that express sensory delight in the Word of God.  These passages include Psalm 119, five other Psalms, two passages from the Old Testament prophets, and two New Testament texts (Kindle location 61).

I appreciate the fact that Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Bible because it's the Bible that I use in daily Bible reading and study.  Therefore, I found it easy to meditate on passages discussed due to familiarity.

Right from the start, Ms. Mathes stresses the importance of spending time in Scripture so that a Christian's thoughts are saturated with the Word and his daily activities are accompanied by it (Kindle location 95).  The author does a great job of balancing law and grace.  She states: "Being covered with His [Jesus'] righteousness doesn't mean we can do whatever we want.  These verses [cited earlier from Romans, Isaiah, and Revelation] show that we need to make an effort to live godly lives, keeping his testimonies and refraining from sin as we walk in God's ways," (Kindle location 374).

The author also describes the synergistic process of sanctification as we read and obey God's law: "Those who love God's law do begin to obey all of His commands...God is the only one who can turn our eyes from vain pursuits.  Only His Spirit can enliven us to walk in a godly way," (Kindle locations 590, 608).

At the end of each selection, the author provides three thought-provoking questions for reflection.  These open-ended questions give structure to the reader's thoughts after each daily reading and provide guidance for personal application.  I was particularly challenged by the question at the end of Day 3 "Heart's Desire", which prompted me to think about how I can move beyond dutiful responsibility to a delightful relationship with the Lord.  The author's commentary provided a whole new outlook on Psalm 37 that I had not previously considered.

Once a Christian realizes that "[t]he more we immerse ourselves in God's Word, the more love it.  And the more we love it, the more we love God and want to live for Him," (Kindle location 662).  Discovering Delight stresses the importance of God's Word in the life of a Christian; therefore, I highly recommend it for all Christians.

Full Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.