Delight In The Lord

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” - Psalm 37:4

Psalm 37 is one that encourages so many when they read it. If you read it, you will find you can receive the desires of your heart. When reading verse 4, many get excited; “Take delight in the Lord, and he will you your heart’s desires.” You begin to think about what you desire and how God is promising to give it to you. How exciting is this?
 
There is a little more to it than this verse, though. You cannot stop reading there without finishing the chapter to find out just how this promise works. But even within the verse you just read, so many people hang on to the second part, completing skipping over the first. The verse begins with, “take delight in the Lord.”  
 
What does it mean to delight in the Lord, you might ask? It means to spend time with Him, to look forward to talking to him, to engage in conversation with your heavenly Father, to pursue Him and learn what it is that He wants for you, what He wants to give you. To delight in Him is chase after what He ultimately wants for you, to make you more like Jesus.  
 
God is not a genie that you just come to when you have a wish. He is certainly interested in hearing about your heart’s desires, but He does not want you to only come to Him with what you want. Imagine if the only time you talked to your parents was when you wanted something. You wanted your mom to make you food, or your dad to give you money to go shopping with. What kind of relationship would you have with your parents if this were the case?
 
God is the same way. He wants to help you with what matters most to you. But it does not stop there. Before you come to God with the desires of your heart, delight in Him. Take time to get to know who He is and what He wants for you. What God wants to give you is even greater than the desires you have already come up with in your mind. Delighting in the Lord is not only a huge part of receiving your heart’s desires, but it will give you far more fulfillment than anything you can ask for!
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