Delight and Desire ~ Psalm 37:4

Today’s apple slice comes Psalm 37:4 in the ESV version.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

I’d like to take a minute to ponder how many of us actually delight in the Lord. The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines delight as “a high degree of gratification; joy; something that gives great pleasure.” Let that really sink in for a second. Do you delight in the Lord? I think if we’re all honest with ourselves, the real answer is no, we don’t delight in Jesus as much as we should.

It’s kind of embarrassing that we don’t delight in Him with reckless abandon. Considering all He’s done for us, we should be delighting in Him… and not just on Sundays for an hour or two.

If it’s not enough for Him to delight in us and we in Him, when we finally respond to His call and find satisfaction in Him, He will then give us the desires of our hearts. That’s pretty incredible to think about. Your innermost desires, the ones you are scared to tell anyone, He is waiting to fulfill those for you. Amazing!

Now, don’t take this out of context. I am not saying that whatever your whim is, God will snap His fingers and a pile of jewels will fall at your feet. What I’m saying is deeper than that. When we delight in God- God, the Almighty, the Creator of all, the Lover of your soul- He will respond to us. He will reveal new desires, change our old ones, or maybe even fulfill some of our current longings. 

One of my favorite things to pray for is that God will give me the desires He has for my life, that I will want what He wants for my life. I’d like to challenge you to do that. It isn’t easy. “I want what I want when I want it.” Of course we all do; that is the condition of mankind! But we are called to delight in the Lord, not in ourselves, our goals, or our accomplishments. “Delight in me,” the Lord says. “Then I will grant you your heart’s desires.” The amazing thing about delighting in Him is that when we align our lives with Him, our desires begin to line up with His. Today, I encourage you to truly delight in the Lord (and whatever situations He’s placed in your life!).


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