Delight in the Lord
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. - Deuteronomy 11:18
Psalm 37:4 tells us to delight in the Lord and He’ll give us the desires of our hearts. What does that mean? It sounds like some magic formula, like rubbing the genie’s lamp to get what we want. That’s not the way it works.
It’s hard to believe until you’ve experienced it, but if you’re desiring something sinful, destructive, or something you can’t afford, and you’re truly delighting yourself in the Lord, He’ll change those desires and replace them with new ones. Don’t get trapped into thinking of God as a magician who provides things that would only distract you from Him.
So then, what does it mean to “delight in the Lord?” Consider what it means to delight in a friend’s company. Whenever you have opportunity you spend time with that person. You talk openly and honestly with him or her; you look forward to your time together; you seek ways of knowing that person more fully and intimately; and you guard yourself from doing anything that would hurt, disappoint, or bring open shame upon your friend.
Well, that’s very much what it’s like for us to delight in the Lord. We delight in Him by reading His Word; by trusting what He says is true, by spending time in prayer and meditation; and by seeking to honor Him in every area of our life.
“A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother.” - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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