WEEK 3: Delight Yourself in the Lord
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (ESV)
This verse seems to be one of the ‘favourites’ of the Bible – it’s very appealing in terms of what it promises. Who wouldn’t want to follow a God who gives the desires of our hearts?
It has often been quoted to me and many others as an encouragement. Seeking a new direction in one’s career? “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give the desires of your heart…” Hoping for a meaningful and lasting relationship? “Delight yourself in the Lord…” Wanting to travel and experience something new and something more? “Delight yourself in the Lord…”
It was an easy and comforting promise until I heard someone preach on the verse from a different angle. This pastor taught that when one truly delights in the Lord, HE becomes the desire of our heart, and He will always give more of Himself to us (if that is what we really want).
This put things in a whole new light. Instead of having the attitude of “What do I want? Ok, now let me ‘delight’ in God in order to get that…”, God becomes the ultimate focus of our affections and interests and priorities. He is not the ‘gateway’ for what we want – He is what (who) we want.
This is something I still have to work at: checking my priorities in relation to God. Turning my full attention on Him and giving Him His rightful place in my heart requires me to let go of some hopes and dreams that I have been holding dear, and my inclination is often to hold a little tighter rather than to trust and let go.
But I have had tastes of this verse being true: when I have truly sought God, He had given more of Himself, and the more that He gave, the more that I wanted. The gifts that God gives are beyond anything I could ever ask or deserve, but it is in the Giver Himself that I have found the deepest joys.