July 30, 2013

Delight in the Lord

Psalm 37: 3-5 says, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will do this:”

That’s a spiritual picture of a person who is safe, settled, and secure in the center of God’s will. You can be in the most dangerous place in the planet, but if you are in the middle of God’s will, it’s the safest place for you. You can be surrounded by chaos and conflict but if you are in the center of God’s will, and then you can have peace. So, the real question is, how do I stay in God’s will? How do I know God’s will?

How many of you want God to give you the desires of your heart? That’s one of my favorite promises in the Bible but it is a promise with a premise. There is a condition attached to it. God says, “You have to delight in Me.” That word delight in the Hebrew is the word anag. It’s a romantic term that literally means to enjoy or to take exquisite delight in. When you delight in someone, you enjoy who they are and you want to spend time with them.

In the same way you are able to delight in people, God wants you to delight in Him. As you spend time with Him, you get to know and trust His will for you. The result of this is real clear. He will give you the desires of your heart. That same Hebrew word can also mean soft or pliable. So, if I delight in the Lord, He softens and makes my heart more pliable. He begins to mold me and shape me, but He also begins changing the desires in my life that aren’t His best for me. Then when my desires line up with His, He grants them. Do you want your heart’s desire? Then make a commitment to enjoy the Lord and delight in Him. Spend time with Him, and He will give you what you want. He will change some of your wants over time, and they’ll match up with His wants for you.

I also have to come to the place where I commit to God’s will. It begins and ends with trust but it contains commitment. Some of you need to come to the place today where you commit to enjoying your relationship with Christ. Are you a believer, but you haven’t been enjoying your relationship with Christ. Has it been a checklist of dos and don’ts? Christianity is a relationship. You need to commit to delighting in your walk with Christ.