God is Gracious
Delighting Myself in the Lord
by J.M. Troppello
This passage from Psalms 37:3-8 is one of my favorite parts of Scripture from the Book of Psalms. I love the first statement: trust in the Lord, and do good. That’s a basic guideline for how you should live your Christian life. Yes, that sounds simple, but I know it’s not always easy. Life gets in the way. Your focus many times gets off the Lord and onto your problems. You may want to do the right thing, but you opt for the easier avenue that is not usually the best plan that God had for you.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only harm.
(Psalm 37:3-8, NKJV)
God is gracious. That is the meaning of my first name. I have a bookmark at home that I use in my Bible which has my name, the meaning of it, and verse 37:4 from Psalms listed on it. I’ve always loved that verse.
Now, you can’t just look at the part that says and He shall give you the desires of your heart. You need to look at the first part too—delight yourself also in the Lord. Notice the word also. That means that in addition to delighting yourself in the Lord, you need to trust in the Lord and do good – as it says in verse 3.
So, what does it mean to delight in something or someone?
As a noun, delight means great pleasure. As a verb, it means to please someone greatly. Basically, it’s an experience that delights both of you involved. Okay, then how can you delight yourself in the Lord?
You can delight yourself in the Lord by spending time with Him and cultivating your relationship. That begins by taking time each day to read God’s Word. That is His love letter to you. You must read, study, and apply it to your life. Delight yourself in the Lord by spending time with Him in prayer. Praying throughout the day and having a set time when you specifically enter into your ‘prayer closet’ without any distractions, can significantly enhance your relationship with God. Finally, spend time in praise and worship to the Lord.
The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.
(Psalm 147:11, NKJV)
God takes pleasure in His people who fear (revere) Him and who hope in His mercy. God wants to have a close relationship with you.
He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.
(Psalm 18:19, NKJV)
Have you been delighting yourself in the Lord?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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