The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.
…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
There are many things in life that people consider to be their joy and delight. People often seek joy and pleasure in material things, in making money, or in running businesses. For some people politics is a joy; for others it’s art, music, singing, or even work. Every person has their own joy and delight, but what everyone should take the most joy in is serving and loving God, the Holy Spirit, and the Lord. You should make that love the core of your joy and pleasure.
Gain strength through God’s love
For God too, loving us and helping us is His joy and pleasure. So you should always pray and call out to God. Don’t just serve God but love Him. In Isaiah 40:31 it says that those who have hope in God and the Lord will gain new strength. There is strength that comes from loving God, and you need to know how great the power of that love is.
What does it mean to love God?
Is it enough to simply say that you love God? Or to act in a loving way when you’re at church? No matter how much you say you love God, if you live your everyday life thinking according to your own thoughts and not doing what God wants, it’s not true love. To love God means to do what He wants. And what God wants is for everyone to listen to His Word, believe, and follow it. Loving God means doing His work for Him. So if you do the work of believing and following, life will be filled with joy, and you’ll gain strength to walk without growing tired. You will soar like eagles. Love is difficult if it is only spoken of or received. But when you give love and receive love back, that’s when you feel the essence of love.
Delight in revering God and the Lord
When the Messiah came, he didn’t just say that he loved everyone, but he showed his love by guiding the people with the Word and by conveying God’s love. The spirit of God came through Jesus, and God carried out His work through the saviour He had sent. Jesus lived for God—that was his joy and delight. He also had the joy of praying, delivering the Word, taking care of people, and healing the sick. But ultimately God instilled in him the pleasure of revering and worshipping God, so he lived with the joy of serving God. For us, revering the Lord is our treasure, and those who listen to the Word from the Messiah and follow receive salvation and also delight in revering God.
Love God under all circumstances
If you love someone, what makes you the happiest is when that love endures. True love doesn’t just give up halfway, but it endures until the end through difficulties and hardships. God is the same way, so no matter what happens, you must never forget to love God whether things go well or not. You must do the work God wants under all circumstances. No one has loved God more than the Messiah who served and loved God even while suffering. If you love God continuously, even through difficulties, then your disappointments will disappear.
If you listen to the Word and live every day loving God, the Holy Spirit, and the Lord, you will enjoy a joyful and blessed life.