“Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
– Psalm 37:4
It seems like a simple enough statement. All we have to do is love the Lord and He will provide us with everything we could ever want.
Yes, I’m taking this verse out of context, but it is a powerful statement and worth considering on its own.
Many of us delight in God only when things are going bad. He is our source of joy and strength when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel or feel overwhelmed by the storms of life.
But during good times, when everything seems to be going just right, we start to delight in the worldly blessings God provides.
It can be easy to forget where these blessings came from in the moment. We lose sight of what we should truly delight in.
I am very guilty of this at least.
Wealth, possessions, or even landing your dream job can all cause us to delight in what we have, rather than who provided it for us.
If we get too caught up in it, we can find ourselves consumed by greed, never having enough, never being satisfied.
Of course when we realize this, we can see how empty we are without delight in God.
What Does it Mean to Delight in the Lord?
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, our desires will not be for worldly gain anyway.
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.