“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
– Psalms 37:4
Often, we emphasise the second half of this verse too much. We think about how delightful our desires would be if they were granted. So those desires increase, in the hopes that God will provide as if he’s a genie.
However, delighting yourself in the Lord, it looks different. It looks like praising him. It looks like worshiping him. It’s praying to him without ceasing and it looks like treasuring his precious Word. It’s when you love God and others. It’s when you have joy in hard times and hope for the future.
The more you do these things and are delighting yourself in God, your heart will only desire one thing – God himself. Your thoughts and prayers will align with his will. All you’ll seek with your heart, soul, mind and strength will be in the Lord.
We’re made in God’s image, so our purpose lies in our Creator and our destiny is eternity with him. Naturally, all we should desire is a relationship with him:
All I want is to live within Your love
Be undone by who You are
My desire is to know You deeper
- Touch of Heaven, Hillsong Worship
When all we desire is God, our worldly desires become less significant. The biggest thing we’ll have to face in life is the day we stand before Jesus. In case he says “I never knew you,” (Matthew 7:23), we’d better spend our lives pursuing our delight in him.
So this delight is a command. It is how we should function as God’s creation. It’s a lifestyle. This John Piper quote sums it up, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”
It’s not easy, but it’s simple. Delight yourself in God, you’ll want more of him and he’ll be glorified in your delight.