Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. -Psalm 37:4
Delight in God has a transforming power and lifts a man above the gross desire of our fallen nature. Delight in Jehovah is not only sweet in itself, but it sweetens the whole soul, till the longings of the heart become such that the Lord can safely promise to fulfill them. Is not that a grand delight which molds our desires till they are like the desires of God?
Our foolish way is to desire and then set to work to compass what we desire. We do not go to work in God’s way, which is to seek Him first and then expect all things to be added unto us. If we will let our heart be filled with God till it runs over with delight, then the Lord Himself will take care that we shall not want any good thing. Instead of going abroad for joys let us stay at home with God and drink waters out of our own fountain. He can do for us far more than all our friends. It is better to be content with God alone than to go about fretting and pining for the paltry trifles of time and sense. For a while we may have disappointments; but if these bring us nearer to the Lord, they are things to be prized exceedingly, for they will in the end secure to us the fulfillment of all our right desires.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
So I’ve never done this before, but I’m going to share a little blurb from my journal that my friend Ashley got me for my birthday. It is a unique journal because every other page contains three passages from Psalms followed by a place to reflect on a topic presented in the verses! I love it! Even though my major is journalism, I don’t really sit down to write too often, but when I do, I really enjoy it and I learn more. Like Abraham Lincoln, I write to find out! Don’t expect anything profound, but the Lord laid it on my heart to share with you what He has been making me meditate on lately!
[This is from my January 11 entry on “Delight in the Lord”]
“Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday.” -Psalm 37:4-6 NASB
When my delight is in the Lord, my will lines up with His, therefore our desires coincide and He gives me the desires of my heart.
“Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in His salvation. My whole being will exclaim, ‘Who is like You, O Lord? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.'” -Psalm 35:9-10 NIV
When my delight is in the Lord, I realize no one can compare to Him and learn He is my Protector and Provider.
“I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His Name together.” -Psalm 34:1-3
When my delight is in the Lord, I can praise Him at all times, realizing every situation in my life -whether good or bad- is working for my good and His glory.
“I will not boast in anything: no gifts, no power, no wisdom; but I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection! Why should I can from His reward? I cannot give an answer…” (from “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” by Stuart Townend)
Psalm 19:14; Nehemiah 8:10