Monday, September 11, 2017
Learning to Experience Great Pleasure and Joy in His Presence
In review of Psalm 37:4 it says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart”.
Seek happiness in the Lord, and He will give you what your heart desires.
What this means to me:
I should seek my happiness and take delight in the Lord, if I do, he will give me the desires of my heart.
David encourages me to trust in the Lord and do good. Commit everything I do to the Lord. Trust him and he will help me. Take my delight in the Lord, and he will give me my heart's desire. He promises that 'll live safely in the now and prosper.
This psalm also reminds me to not worry about the wicked, don’t fret or even envy those who do wrong. For like grass or spring flowers, they will soon fade away. Rather I am to be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for him to act.
Those who follow God live differently from the wicked and, in the end, will have far greater treasures in heaven. What an unbeliever gets on earth may last a lifetime, if they are lucky. What a believer gets from following God will last forever.
To delight in the Lord means to experience great pleasure and joy in His presence. This happens only when we know that person well, and when we have been a faithful friend. Thus, to delight in the Lord, I must know him better and be faithful in my relationship with Him.
To commit myself to the Lord means entrusting everything; my life, family, joy and possessions to his control and guidance. To commit myself to the Lord means to trust him; believing that he can care for me better than I can for myself. I need to be willing to wait patiently for him to work out what is best for me.
When I invite God to come in and take over the desires of my heart, I’m releasing my faith and telling God that He is in control. Once I let God know my specific need, keep praying until the answer comes. When the answer does come, I’ll know it is from God because it will be what I prayed for, delivered at the time in my life when I am most ready to receive it. Inviting God into my situation is always the right move.
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