Recently I began to read My Utmost for his Highest, and devotional by Oswald Chambers (some have called it the best devotional out there). One of the readings two days ago was taking about joy. Chambers wrote that one of the last marks of intimacy between people is to share secret joys. Things that really bring you happiness.
I'm still undecided on if I believe that's really one of the last marks of intimacy crossed between two people. Maybe it is, but this got me thinking as Chambers went on to ask how often do we ask what brings God joy?
This brought me to a screeching halt, much like if you're driving down a highway and a deer runs out in front of you.
I haven't given all that much thought to what God delights in. Sure there's some obvious passages like Isaiah 58 or even children that might suffice as answers, but I've never really spent time in prayer asking God to show me what He delights in.
For the next few days I'm going to be intentional about setting aside prayer time to just ask God what He delights in, then to sit and listen.
Maybe this is what the line "joy of the Lord" really means, understanding what brings God joy, and having our delights transformed to match his.