July 30, 2001
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37: 4)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
What does it mean to delight yourself in the Lord? According to Webster, to delight means to take great pleasure in, to find extreme satisfaction in someone or something. To delight in the Lord, therefore, means to take great pleasure in Him, to find extreme satisfaction in Him.
Are you finding extreme satisfaction in the Lord? Are you taking great pleasure in being with Him, in spending time with Him? Or do you find your greatest satisfaction and pleasure in someone or something other than God–like your job, our hobby, your TV programs, your spouse, or your children?
Our Lord is a jealous God. He wants every area of our lives: ” . . . for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God . . . .” (Exodus 34: 14).
Why does God want us to delight in Him? Is it that He is self-centered and wants all the attention? Absolutely not! He wants us to delight in Him so that He can bless us. His greatest joy comes from giving to His children.
And what will He give us if we delight in Him? He will give us the desires of our heart.
This verse can e interpreted in two ways. The obvious interpretation–that God will give us what we desire–is, I think, the less important of the two. The deeper interpretation–that God will plant His desires in our hearts–is, I believe, the more profound meaning of this verse.
For you see, as we delight in God, we will want only what He wants. Our own desires will pale as we begin to understand His heart for mankind. Our hearts will begin to beat in unison with His heart, and His desires will become our desires.
So, delight yourself in the Lord. Lavishly pour out your praise and worship on Him Who Alone is deserving of all our praise and worship. Allow your heart to be filled with His desires. Only then will you know the fullness of joy which He promises to all who are His.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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