Word Study: “Delight” (in the Psalms)

While we will explore how to do a basic “word study” in the near future, I thought a good way to get your feet wet, as well as give you an easy study opportunity for the week, was to provide an example that will require you to complete a few of the look-up and application aspects. Feel free to print this post and fill in the blanks. Here we go!

WORD: Delight (Study limited to the Psalms)

DEFINITION: (Visit www.onelook.com or www.dictionary.com, if needed.)


SYNONYMS: (Visit www.thesaurus.com, if needed.)



But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalms 1:2 (NIV)

OTHER OCCURRENCES: (in the Psalms in the NIV)
Look up and read each passage. Put an “*” next to any verse(s) that resonates with you. Commit to memorizing at least one.

  • Psalms 16:3, 6
  • Psalms 18:19
  • Psalms 22:8
  • Psalms 35:9, 27
  • Psalms 36:8
  • Psalms 37:4, 23
  • Psalms 43:4
  • Psalms 51:16, 19
  • Psalms 62:4
  • Psalms 68:30
  • Psalms 111:2
  • Psalms 112:1
  • Psalms 119:16, 24, 25, 47, 70, 77, 92, 143, 174
  • Psalms 147:10, 11
  • Psalms 149:4

“To delight” is most frequently expressed by ḥāphēç, which means originally “to bend,”  hence, “to incline to,” “take pleasure in.”
(Source: The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)

According to these Psalms, what type of things delight God? _________________


What type of things should man delight in? _____________________________


What specific thing will you do this week not just to please God, but to delight Him?


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