By Barb Strand
Psalm 37:4 NIV.... “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I have read this verse often, and even thought about it on occasion when I have been praying for something specific, wondering if I would get the desires of my heart...and I think if we are honest with ourselves, we may all have done this at some time. I have come to realize that many times the desires of my heart are shallow, maybe even self-serving. However recently, I have pondered this verse, so I got my dictionary out to see what it is to “delight”...according to the Merriam Webster dictionary: delight: (verb) to take great pleasure; to satisfy greatly. Scripture has the answers to how I can “delight” in the Lord...commit, trust and do good, turn from evil, be still, wait patiently, do not fret, refrain from anger...just a few found in Psalm 37.
How does one “delight yourself in the Lord”, how does one take great pleasure in the Lord? God’s Word is available to us daily and it is a revelation about God...the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is written to show us the nature of our Lord and Savior and to reflect on who He is....To know this God and to “delight” in Him...we need to read the Word, see Him on every page, above every event, in every place and circumstance. I need to open my heart and mind to what the Word is saying to me....When we “delight” in the Lord, the desires of our heart changes, we want to be like Jesus...to let Him love through us and to be obedient to His call on our lives. This can be a scary thing at times, but He also promises later in Psalm 37.....”For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful one. They will be protected forever....vs.28
The better (or more) we know Jesus...the more we can “Delight in the Lord”....and those desires of my heart, will become more like the desires of Jesus.....