The Westminster Shorter Catechism is one of the most important documents to come out of the English Reformation in 1600s. The first doctrinal point in the statement is profoundly deep and very important for believers to understand:
WSC Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.
David understood this concept as “delight in the Lord” approximately 2600 years before the reformers drafted the above catechism. David takes it not as an option, but as a command. He states in Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” This entails a daily walk with God where the believer allows himself to be led by God as stated in Psalm 119:35 “Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.”
As children of the Triune God revealed in the Bible, we must understand that He is glorified in us when we delight ourselves in Him. Studying the Bible is our “delight in the Law of the Lord” which is the action of the righteous man in Psalm 1, praying is our communication with Him, and attending church is our fellowship with His Body. Deficiencies in any of the above will diminish our delight in the Lord.
Let the command given by God to Joshua apply to us!
Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.”