“Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.”Psalm 37:4 (New Living Translation)
There are good reasons to journal. When you are older, like me, you forget things very easily. Writing things down, helps me remember. I can look back at what I wrote and ponder how I came to that conclusion. That conclusion, in light of where my heart is today, may not make any sense today. I start thinking, “What was I thinking?” But, in this instance, I felt that the Lord was trying to tell me that I was maturing a bit.
So, back a few years ago as a new believer in Christ, Psalm 37:4 seemed almost like a way to get what I wanted. Sure, I did not believe that God was anything like Santa Claus, but there had to be something to this. I remember praying to the Lord, “How do I delight in You?” And, in that question was the answer. I went to the concordance of my Bible and looked up and wrote every verse that had the word “delight” in it. (Now I know that biblegateway.com is a much easier way to find particular words in the Bible. Try it!)First, did you know that the Lord delights in us? He delights to bless us. He delights when we are obedient to Him. He delights when we meditate on His Word day and night. He delights in those who put their hope in Him and believe in Him. He delights in honesty and integrity.Secondly, how do I delight in the Lord? One way is when I am obedient to His Word when every emotion inside me does not want to be obedient. Though this does not seem “delightful” at the moment, I believe love is an action as the Bible says. So, my obedience to His Word shows my love for Him.
Another way, for me, is rocking babies. There is nothing that gives me so much joy, love, and “delight” than holding a baby that falls asleep in my arms. I love watching babies making faces as they sleep and imagine what they are thinking. I love the funny sounds some of them make as they sleep. I love knowing they trusted me enough to relax and fall asleep. The Lord created me with this “delight” for babies; therefore, I “delight” in babies.
Do you see where I am going with this? The desires of my heart, at some point, collide with the desires of His heart. I will never get to point where I love the Lord so well that my desires match His desires. Truly, I am way too selfish for that. But, I shall never stops pursuing Him. He loves each of us so much. We are not an accident. He created us for His purpose. I encourage you to keep pursuing Him, to “delight” in Him, to where you receive your heart’s desires. When you smile at that moment, I believe our Lord does too.