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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 5

ABCs of Christmas (D) – Psalm 37:4

What does it take to delight you?

The “D” of Christmas is Delight. This is a delightful time of the year. There are many things to see, hear, taste, and experience that can result in delight.

Two little boys under the age of six came out of a store with unbelievable smiles on their faces. There was no way of telling what they had seen, or what they had heard. They did not have any packages, neither did their father. However, there was no doubt in the mind of anyone that saw them. They were certainly delighted about something.

The Bible says, Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (v. 4).

There were some shepherds near Bethlehem who had a special assignment. They took care of sheep that were destined to be sacrificed in the Temple. Every time one was sacrificed, it indicated that the people acknowledged their need for a Savior and that they believed God would send such a Savior.

As they were watching over the sheep, an angel appeared to them and said, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10, 11). They immediately left their responsibilities and went into Bethlehem to see the newborn baby.

There is only one reason why the shepherds would dare forsake their responsibilities. They believed that this baby was the promised Savior, and they were delighted. After they saw Him their lives were changed. They were so delighted that “they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child” (Luke 2:17).

This Christmas delight in Him and tell others about Him.