“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
What does it mean to delight? Some synonyms that come to mind are:
Take pleasure in
What does Scripture say of those who delight in the Lord?
They study His ways (Psalm 111:2).
They delight to do His will (Psalm 40:8).
They delight in His law (Psalm 1:2).
They delight in His words (Jer. 15:16).
They delight in His testimonies (Psalm 119:24).
The problem is that we easily turn to things other than the Lord and delight in them.
“…when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” Gen. 3:6
We tend look to temporary things for satisfaction and delight, but only the Lord can fill that void. We need to remember our daily need to turn to Him, to call on Him for His power and strength, to seek Him, to delight in Him.
I think Psalm 37:4 is sometimes “overused” due to the second half: “…He will give you the desires of your heart.” Instead of focusing on what will happen (our desires fulfilled), we need to emphasize the first half: “Delight yourself in the Lord!”
Because what happens when we delight in the Lord? If we are focused on delighting in Him, our selfish desires will begin to fade, and we will desire what He desires. Our own desires don’t seem so important when compared to the lasting fulfillment He gives us. And His desires will begin to permeate our hearts. Thus as we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will fulfill the desires of our hearts.
God is not a means to an end, He is the end. We don’t “delight” so we can get what we want. We delight because He is the ultimate source of satisfaction.
May you be blessed as you delight in the Lord!