Delight in the Lord
"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."
I really felt compelled to meditate on how great people in the Bible became great. How they were able to be blessed with riches, wisdom, and happiness, and how we can become great in God’s kingdom. In the verse Psalm 37:4 taking delight in the Lord means that our hearts truly find and fulfillment in Him. If we can truly find satisfaction and worth in Jesus, then He will give us the desires of our heart. “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
When we try to find delight in wealth, status, and material possessions we are never satisfied because they are of the world. I look to Solomon and his great leadership and success when I think about wanting the desires of our heart. He truly sought after God and His kingdom, when God gave him the opportunity to ask Him for whatever he wanted he asked for wisdom and discernment so that he could effectively rule over Israel. Because he sought after God and humbly asked Him for spiritual guidance, God also gave him riches. I think there are several lessons we can learn from Solomon. The first is that when we truly seek God He will be found. Second, when we honor God we will be honored by Him. Third, God will equip us to accomplish the tasks He calls us to if we rely on Him. Fourth, spiritual life is a marathon and not a sprint. A good start may not always finish well if the whole race you’re running is not good. Fifth, we can sincerely ask God to bring us closer to Him, but our righteousness may be affected if we tend to wander off his path. Sixth, those closest to us have a strong effect on our spiritual lives, so we have to be careful of the company we keep.
I say all of this to say that Solomon started out well. He sought God and His kingdom, humbly requested wisdom and guidance. Overtime however, Solomon forgot his own counsel and the wisdom God blessed him with. Solomon went against God’s plan and instructions in a lot of ways, because he went off the righteous path God divided his kingdom, he had several wives who eventually turned his heart to other Gods to the point that his heart was not fully devoted to God. This tells me that it’s not enough to start well; we have to continually seek after God’s kingdom if we want to finish well.
I think when things are not happening on our own timetable it is easy to get frustrated and impatient. I’m encouraged to know that God is working and doing things in my life that I may not see or notice, but because I am seeking His kingdom I know it will all work out in my favor when it’s suppose to. When we “delight” ourselves in the Lord it literally means to make ourselves soft and pliable. God is the Potter and we are the clay. God is molding and shaping our character so that we can be prepared for the bigger things that he will bless us with. When we keep an attitude of faith and expectancy that doesn’t leave room for doubt.
My Prayer is: “God I thank you for the path that you have placed me on because I know it is going to be bright. I know if I delight myself in You, You will give me the desires of my heart. I thank You for being in control of my life because you know what is best for me. I claim these blessings in your name-Amen!”