I’ve been reading the Psalms and I keep coming across texts that I’ve usually skimmed over but that speak in a startlingly direct way to contemporary questions. I’ve blogged about some that deal with aesthetic issues and with artists. Here is one that deals with scientists:
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them. (Psalm 111:2)
A person takes “delight in” something that God has made; that is, some aspect of the physical world or facet of existence. That delight leads to study, to learning more and more about this work of the Lord.
A person may find delight in animals, rocks, the human immune system, stars, sub-atomic particles. Or, by extension, anything else. This is also a text for scholars of every kind.
It’s interesting to note that “delight” is a legitimate factor in finding one’s vocation. [Read more…]