What do you delight in?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
(Psalms 37:4 (NIV))

It is said that a desire is something that your heart longs for. To delight is to take great pleasure. With these definitions in mind, the verse could be stated like this:

Take great pleasure in the Lord and He will give you what your heart longs for.

There is a saying that if you draw closer to God, He will draw closer to you. This is true, especially if you allow the Holy Spirit to work within your life. God created us to be in a relationship with Him. Sin severed that relationship and left the proverbial “God-shaped hole” within each of us. We try to fill that hole with anything and everything that will help to ease the pain and the emptiness. Our desires turn to whatever we attempt to use to fill that hole. We find more emptiness, pain and sin. God cannot associate with sin, so He does not fill us. He waits for us to answer when He calls us to him.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
(Revelations 3:20 (NIV))

When we delight in the Lord, we fill that hole with the very thing that it was designed to hold. We fill it with God and as a result, our desires soon align themselves with His desires. Our heart begins to long for what God longs for. We find ourselves in agreement with God. When we agree with God, He draws us closer to Him. He grants the desires of our heart, because they are the desires that He has for us. They are not destructive like the desires we have in our sin.

What do you take great pleasure in? Will your desires be given to you?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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