Proverbs 8 has got to be one of my favorite chapters in all of Scripture. Wisdom’s calling. And if you listen to her voice in this chapter, how do you not come away knowing that Jesus is Wisdom?
And among my favorite verses in this favorite chapter are verses 22 through 31 which connect the Wisdom of Proverbs 8 with the Word of John 1:1-3. You know, the Word that was in the beginning. The Word who was with God, and the Word who was God. The Word who, in the beginning, made all things, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. The Word in whom was life and light.
In Proverbs 8, Wisdom declares without ambiguity that “the LORD possessed Me at the beginning of His work” (8:22). Before the first acts of old, before the beginning of the earth, before there were any depths of the sea, before any hills on the land, before the heavens were established, says Wisdom, “I was there . . . I was beside Him . . . like a master workman.”
Get Wisdom and you get the Creator. Heed Wisdom’s call and you’re gonna hear the voice of the promised Christ.
But here’s what I’m chewing on in particular this morning, the daily delight of Wisdom.
. . . then I was beside [the LORD], like a master workman, and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always, rejoicing in His inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.
(Proverbs 8:30-31 ESV)
Pretty easy to noodle on these verses and just make it about me. That, if Jesus the Creator rejoiced in the world that was inhabited by image-bearers of God and delighted in the children of man, how much more does He delight in those children He has rescued and redeemed from the curse of the fall? A lot, I’m guessing. So, I could just stop there and sit back and bask in the glow that Jesus loves me this I know.
But let our eyes and our thoughts leave the “me” as the object of Wisdom’s delight and let them focus on the “He” who is the object of the Father’s delight and tell me it doesn’t do something to cause your soul to soar.
I was daily His delight
My bible says the word “His” isn’t in the original, so the verse is literally, I was daily delight. So, if Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (and He is according to Hebrews 13:8), then not only was He daily delight, but He will always be daily delight, and this morning He is daily delight. Yes, yes You are, Lord Jesus!
He who has always been “the beloved Son” (Col. 1:13), will always be our beloved Savior. The One in whom the Father is well pleased (Mt. 3:17, 17:5) is the One in whom we are well placed. He who is the delight of God’s soul (Isa. 42:1) is He who is ever the delight of the saved soul.
Jesus can be daily delight if we’ll but pause for a few moments each day and delight in Him. Regardless of the season, despite the daily circumstance, every day we can know enjoyment if we but pause and enjoy Him. The object of our delight. The unchanging source of pleasure.
If Wisdom (aka Jesus) is able to be God’s delight, He’s certainly sufficient to be mine. I just need to take the time to be delighted . . . daily.
By His grace. For His glory.