Dear Precious Friends,
On this beautiful new day, this gift from God, we are first grateful He has given us a new day because we know He still has work for us to do in our brief time on earth. We seek Him first upon waking
and start our day filled with truth that fills us before we go out into the world.
I am so blessed to have reconnected with my precious besties Pam Allen and Julie Anderson from High School when they both surprised me and were at my Moms celebration of life! It was one of the most precious gifts God blessed me with at this very very difficult time in my life.
Pam, Julie and I since that reconnection, we do Jesus Calling together every morning for 3 years now and text each other.
Today in our Jesus Calling we are studying this scripture from Psalm 37:4 , “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
It made me ponder about the word delight and so I researched what does it mean to take delight in the Lord.
Here is how gotquestions.org (great tool to use when you need sound Biblical explanation of something)
explains what this means:
Taking delight in the Lord means that our hearts truly find peace and fulfillment in Him. If we truly find satisfaction and worth in Christ, Scripture says He will give us the longings of our hearts.
Does that mean, if we go to church every Sunday, God will give us a new Ferrari? No.
The idea behind this verse and others like it is that, when we truly rejoice or “delight” in the eternal things of God, our desires will begin to parallel His and we will never go unfulfilled. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things [the necessities of life] will be given to you as well.”
Many delight in wealth, status, material possessions, and other temporary things of this world, but they are never satisfied. They never truly get what they want, hence the reason they are always wanting more. This is the lesson King Solomon learned in his pursuit of earthly treasure: “Everything is meaningless!” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). On the other hand, delighting in the Lord is true treasure indeed: “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).
First John 2:15–17 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” We will never be deeply fulfilled or “happy” with the things this world has to offer. If we place our joy and hope in God first, He will meet all of our needs. He will even grant our wants, as our hearts’ desires begin to match up with His will. If we truly place priority on the Lord, chances are our heart’s greatest desire will not be a brand-new Ferrari, but eternal treasures in Christ.
This world can never satisfy our deepest longings, but if we choose to delight in God’s way, He will always provide above and beyond our expectations. Jesus said, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).