Delighting in God

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“Delight yourselfin the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4 ESV).

What does it mean to delight yourself in the Lord? The Hebrew word for delight means “to take pleasure in.” When was the last time you took pleasure in the Lord?

Personally, I can say that there have been times in my life where being in the Lord’s presence has been a true pleasure and delight. I have loved spending time with Him in the Word and through worship. I have felt the Holy Spirit’s leading and have seen His loving touch bring life and hope into my life.

Unfortunately, I cannot claim perfection in this area. There are days when taking pleasure in the Lord is the farthest thing from my mind. I get caught up in the day-to-day grind and overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the future. I know that if I discipline myself to spend time with God and ask Him to draw my heart to His heart that I will change. His desires will become my own.

Many times I try to change God’s desires instead of let Him change me. I pray and do what I can to convince Him that my ideas and plans are what’s best. I think it’s human nature to do this, but it is the opposite of what the Scripture tells us we need to do.

I act as if I can only delight in God after my heart’s desires have been given to me.

My flesh is weak and foolish. Only in delighting in God first will I ever truly be given the desire of my heart, because He will always be my heart’s greatest desire . . . whether I realize it, or not.

I encourage you (and me) to seek God’s heart first and foremost. Spend time taking pleasure in Him and then let His heart shape your desires.

~Pastor Susan B.

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