ponder and delight

"Praise the LORD.
I will extol the LORD with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the LORD;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.

Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.

He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the LORD is gracious and compassionate."
Psalm 111:1-4

These girls never cease to make me smile.  Their colorful feathers, curious and constantly-startled eyes, inexplicable red skin.  Their food love, peck, peck, scratch, peck...begging just like our perpetually-hungry yellow lab.

I guess you could say I delight in them.  Delight just is.  I don't make a conscious decision to delight...to ponder the ways of my chickens.  I just delight.  I just do.  Down deep inside of me.

"Great are the works of the LORD;
they are pondered by all who delight in them."

So, I'm thinking today...which comes first with the "works of the Lord" ...pondering or delighting?  Is the delight just there, causing the pondering? Or is delight the fruit of the pondering?

My mushy morning brain will not allow me to think on this too deeply but I guess the ponder/delight equation is circular.  I ponder God's greatness, His amazing creation, His wild rescue of me, His never-ending grace and faithfulness = delight!  Delight causes me to ponder, or to open my eyes and notice that every thing comes from Him, is made by Him, is redeemed by Him, is sustained by Him. Great are His works!

Scratching down more of my delight in Him this day....

#269. egg anticipation
#270. old, rescued barn doors
#271. daily duties to be done

#272. egg faithfulness
#273. perfectly shaped wonders
#274. we can eat something that comes from the inside of a bird!
#275. nutritious food for growing children

#276. strawberry hope
#277. husband's garden planting work and care
#278. seeds buried, hope of things to come

#279. color and life on the back porch
#280. dirt under my fingernails
#281. the consistent flitting of wings...crunching of beaks...seeds flying
#282. so many red headed house finches and then a rose breasted grosbeak at the feeder!  beautiful!!!

#283. more boy joy with frogs, toads and turtles found and examined
#284. that amazing warty, colorful toad, his funny nostrils and smile
#285. daddy who brings boys along to load up compost for the garden
#286. hard, sweaty work
#287. turtle treasure found
#288. said turtle's most exquisite orange eyes and skin
#289. what a Creator!!!

#290. rainy mornings
#291. days to rest
#292. a time for everything

May you ponder and delight in Him this day!

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(Continuing to join with Ann and many other joy counters over here.)
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