Truth Tuesday – Delight Yourself in the Lord

by Kathy

delight in the LordPsalm 37:1-7

Let’s take a look this week at the word delight.  The Hebrew meaning for the word delight literally means to be delicate or feminine.  It carries the idea of being pliable or sensitive.  In this particular verse context, it means to be pliable and sensitive to being dependent on God and deriving pleasure from Him – to treasure Him.

As I studied this word this past week,   I found the need to ask myself some heart probing questions:

  1. Does this describe me ?
  2. Do I bend easily and remain flexible to what God wants me to do?
  3. As the word pliable describes a piece of leather that doesn’t crack, do I exhibit this character when I feel like situations are not as they should be?
  4. Does the source of my happiness and joy come from delighting myself in God alone, or someone/something else?
  5. Do my day to day priorities reflect that I am obeying this command…this command to delight myself in the Lord?

Would you agree that if you are not intentional about delighting yourself in the Lord, the many things of this world (some very good) can become a distraction?  Things like family, friends, home, work, fun and responsibilities. Often there can be found such personal gratification in participating in these things, they become our priorities and our idolatry.  They can easily cloud our vision from seeing the real priority needed in our life – to treasure a close daily relationship with the Lord.

As I spent some time studying what it means to delight yourself  in the Lord, I considered what other verses in the Bible had to say about  focusing  on the priority to treasure God.  Take some time to read and prayerfully consider these:

Psalm 27:4  “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I see:  that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.”

Psalm 42:1-2  “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you , O Gd.  My soul thirsts for the living God.  When can I go and meet with God?

Psalm 63:1  “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirst for you, my body longs for you , in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

Philippians 3:8  “I consider everything a loss to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”

Notice in this last example (Phil 3:8), the Apostle Paul states that he is willing to give up “everything” so that he may know Jesus Christ.  Delighting in God can be costly… but it is worth it.  The Psalmist tells us that this desire for pleasure in God will not be ignored…

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

This doesn’t mean that we have a blank check for God to simply give us whatever our heart desires – that would simply promote our idolatry.  No, the promise here is that if we are relying on God – delighting in Him and deriving our primary pleasure in Him, then He is our desire and we get Him!  He will also cause  all our desires and wants to  line up with His will for our life.

So how can we delight in the Lord?  Here, I think it is important for God to speak through His Word to each one of us.  Consider what God has to say about the following things that show we are delighting Him:

  • Choosing to be honest.  Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight. Proverbs 12:22 NKJ
  • Choosing to obey.  So Samuel said: Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22 NKJ
  • Choosing to pray.  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight. Proverbs 15:8 NKJ
  • Choosing to read His Word.  I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. Your testimonies also are my delight and my counselors. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love. Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; For Your law is my delight. Psalm 119:16, 24, 35, 47, 77 NKJ   

How are you going to choose to live this week?  What idols distract you from delighting yourself in the Lord?  What sacrifices do you need to make to treasure God in your everyday life?  What do you need to rearrange in your schedule so that you can thirst for His presence, spend time dwelling with Him, gaze on His beauty and earnestly seek Him with all your heart?

Wishing you a week of taking great delight in your Great Sovereign Redeemer and Restorer!

One Response to “Truth Tuesday – Delight Yourself in the Lord”

  1. Julie Phillips says:

    Pastor Lewis used to refer to.me as an early Christian like a kid in a candy store. I miss the candy store so to speak. I used to be so aware of God in the little details of life. It brought great joy and delight. I am praying to Jesus to rekindle THAT kind of relationship.

    It is so true how we unwittingly will setup idols as innocently as family, school activities, etc. to fill our day. But does it fill us with the fullness of Christ.

    I shared this with several girlfriends. Just the definition of delight took me by surprise!

    Love and Hugs!

    Julie

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