What are your deepest desires or longings? Have you ever voiced them aloud? Do some of them seem too far fetched to be realized? Have you told God about your deepest longings? Did you ever consider that He may have given you some of those longings or desires and even wants to fulfill them?
Take delight in the Lord,
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
(Psalm 37:4 NIV)
What does it mean to delight in the Lord?” The word delight at once makes me think of happiness or pleasure. I looked up the definition at RhymeZone and as a verb there are two meanings given. The first is give pleasure to or be pleasing to. That pretty much lines up
with my initial thought.
The second definition is what jumped out at me. It can also mean hold spellbound. Mesmerized, fascinated, enthralled, awestruck, captivated and speechless are some of the many synonyms of spellbound. Thinking about all those words I wonder if I really know how to delight in the Lord.
HOW DO I DELIGHT IN THE LORD?
Often when I step outside, the beauty of creation awes me. It’s fascinating to learn about the way birds seem to know where to go and when to make their migrations. I am enthralled when I see an evening thunderstorm as the lightning flashes making jagged lines across the sky.
Could these be ways to delight in the Lord? I think so, but I also know that as I spend time in His word and prayer, I feel closer to God. He gives me peace when there is distress in my life. He has provided for our family over the years in so many ways. All of this does help me take pleasure in the Lord.
What about when I get weary of the problems of life, not just in mine but all over the world? One thing I desire is to see peace among all peoples, beginning right here in our own country, in our own families. At times it seems overwhelming and all I can do is go to God in a prayer of lament asking questions like, Why? and How long must we wait?
Then I remember all the good God has done and is doing in my life.
Peace returns, and I realize that He is still in control. Because of this, I can continue to delight in Him. He will give me strength and grace for the rest of this journey called life. Some of my desires will be realized and some will not, but I believe as it says in Psalm 103:5 that He will meet my desire with good things.
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
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