Monday, September 12, 2011

His Delight

This is my dad.

As a little girl...yeah...even as an adult...I worked hard to bring him joy.

I think he'd say I didn't need to work at it, but from my end of the relationship, bringing my dad joy was something I wanted to do.

There was something about his laugh - it came from his gut and when he was really happy, you could see it all over his face.

It started when I was little. He wasn't around a lot because he was building his companies - gone from 6 a.m. till 6 p.m., returning tired and worn out. Mom was wise to keep me and my two sisters quiet in the evenings. But I would sit by the television and be the human remote. Changing channels was one way that I could be a help to him. (Yes, this was WAY before remotes were on the scene.)

Dad loved sports, so I became a sports fan. I can remember watching a college football game with him once and he said to me, "You'll remember this moment for the rest of your life because you'll never see a play like that again!" I don't remember the play, but I remember my dad's thrill and excitement - and I got to share that moment with him.

He loved sweets, so I learned to make cookies. I can remember him telling me, "The dough is too dry...or too wet...oh, this one's just right!" Even when he was on a diet, I would figure out how to make him something sweet within the parameters of his program. It didn't always taste that great, but it sure made him smile.

If I could recommend a movie that was up his alley, his eyes would sparkle when watching it. When I directed the children's choir or sang in an ensemble, I would keep an eye on him to see if he was smiling.

Now dad wasn't perfect by any means. We had our rough spots. He was a sinner saved by grace, just as I am, and trust me, I let him down a lot. But here's my point this morning - As his daughter, I had the desire and ability to bring him delight.

Did you know that as children of God we can bring our Heavenly Father delight? Not to earn His affection - He already loves us more than we could ever understand. But the scriptures place God in a Fatherly position so that we can identify with the relationship He offers us.

Proverbs 11:20 says, "The perverse in heart are an abomination to the Lord, but the blameless in their walk are His delight."

Proverbs 12:22 says, "Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal faithfully are His delight."

Proverbs 15:8 says, "The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight."

Oh, I want to bring my Father delight! I want to make Him smile, to let Him know how much I love Him by my actions. In everything I do, I want to be able to look at Him and see Him smile. Not because I am earning anything - I can't possibly do that. I can't take off some of my debt by being a good person. My debt is paid by Jesus and I cannot improve on perfection.

But I can bring the Father delight.

And that's a cool way to spend my day.


  1. What a great place to be basking in our Fathers delight, something we all need to strive for. Making out heavenly Father smile.

  2. Excellent! Thank you for this Mama Wisen!

  3. Loved your dad!! Probably the most amazing man I've ever met. True Blessing and true loss. Great message. Thank you Kristen