Discovering Delight: 31 Meditations on Loving God's Law (Mathes)

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Does the concept of loving law sound strange to you—like two things that just don’t go together? Christians today often don’t want to read about law because they would rather revel in gospel and grace. Yet the Bible clearly links law with love, a connection we see in Psalm 119. In these insightful meditations, author Glenda Mathes sheds light on this “long psalm that often gets short shrift.” A closer look at Psalm 119, in particular, and several other psalms and Old and New Testament passages encourages readers to discover the delight of God’s written Word and rejoice in loving His law.  

Table of Contents: 

  1. Fruitful Tree
  2. Elegant Book
  3. Heart’s Desire
  4. Impatience Inversion
  5. Dawning Light
  6. Whole Heart
  7. Youthful Enthusiasm
  8. Wide-Eyed Sojourner
  9. Melting Soul
  10. Enlivened Life
  11. Delightful Liberty
  12. Living Comfort
  13. Christian Community
  14. Affliction’s Treasure  
  15. Dual Creation
  16. Fiery Trials
  17. Endless Perfection
  18. Sweet Delight
  19. Illuminating Lamp
  20. Hiding Place
  21. Seeing Salvation
  22. Tear Rivers
  23. Divine Righteousness
  24. Night Cries
  25. Tender Mercies
  26. Great Peace
  27. Proclaimed Praise
  28. Ride High
  29. Word Feast
  30. Deep Delight
  31. Victorious Word  



 Glenda Mathes is an author and editor who lives with her husband near Pella, Iowa. They have four adult children, two of whom are married, and five grandsons.



“This collection of meditations on loving God’s law by Glenda Mathes is a jewel. Mathes’s primary aim is to encourage her readers to discover delight in God’s law and commandments, especially as this is expressed in Psalm 119. She fulfills this aim admirably in a series of brief meditations, each of which brims with helpful insights into the riches of the good gift of God’s holy law. While Mathes observes that ‘loving law clashes in modern ears like clanging cymbals,’ her meditations invite the reader to joy in God and His good commandments.” — Cornelis Venema, president and professor of doctrinal studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary

Discovering Delight focuses on a timely subject, the relationship a Christian has with God’s law, in an accessible way. If you like the idea of daily devotionals but wish they went a little deeper, this is the book for you. Glenda Mathes offers a commendable style of commentary-meets-personal-devotional. She provides the context, meaning, and personal application of Scripture that will lead the reader to greater pleasure and true joy in God’s law.” — Aimee Byrd, author of Housewife Theologian and  cohost of the Mortification of Spin podcast.