DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD

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December 14, 2018

Dare to Trust Devotional

“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Too often we read Scripture without concentrating on what we are reading and therefore miss completely what God has to say to us. We read quickly without delving into the depths of what has been written. We need to read God’s Word slowly, thoughtfully, incisively with a desire, not only to understand what is being said, but to seek to apply to our lives the truth or principle before us. With this, we need to have eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts open to respond to all God wants to reveal to us. The Holy Spirit has been given to us, not simply to dwell within our hearts, but to teach and give us discernment to understand His Word and make it a reality in our daily walk.

What do you think it means to “delight yourself in the Lord?” We quickly read the following words “and he will give you the desires of your heart” without realizing this promise is to those who “delight themselves in the Lord.” So let us see what it means to delight ourselves in the Lord.

First, “delight” means to find great joy and pleasure in someone or something. If we are to delight ourselves in the Lord we will have to withdraw from the base desires we have in the things of this world that hinder, distract, and impede the focus of our hearts on Christ. Paul admonished the believers in Corinth to “Come out from among them and be separate…touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17). We cannot delight in the Lord when a divided heart contaminates our lives. God responds to a clean heart and pure spirit that is bent to being filled to overflowing with His Spirit.

The major thrust of our heart must be to fix our desires on HIM. We must cultivate the habit of a holy intimacy with the Lord. This takes discipline on our part responding to the Holy Spirit as He seeks to draw us unto the Lord. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a hunger and thirst to know the Lord in a new and living way that will bring you into this personal intimate relationship. It will be the joy of your heart and the love of your life. When we are receptive and responsive to the Holy Spirit, He will create in us a peace that passes human understanding, a joy that is unspeakable and full of glory with a desire for the Lord that will enable HIM to give us the desires of our heart.

When God is the desire of our hearts, our seeming disappointments will be His appointments to prove anew His grace and mercy to us. He becomes the sufficiency for all our need “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Fear, anxiety, and apprehension are lost as we rest and abide in His care and compassion.

God wants to encompass our life with His presence and power. His virtues, attributes and works should be ever before us and spur us on to an abandoned faith in the One who is “the same yesterday, today and forever.” Looking steadfastly to Jesus will create a deeper admiration of who He is and elicit our allegiance, reverence, and respect. It is then we will know the joy and peace from finding our delight in the Lord. The resources of His grace are infinite.

To delight in the Lord is to find the desires of our heart the very expression of His will, plan, and purpose in our life. His desires for us become our desires. He delights to give us what will be for our good, for His glory, and to magnify His name. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he shall give you the desires of your heart.”

© 2007 by Ed Powell

A few years ago I shared the following when posting another devotional on the same subject; it holds just as true today: As I am sure most of you have heard of the “prosperity” and “name it and claim it theology” cults. They love for the second half of this verse “and he will give you the desires of your heart”(ESV) saying just ask and God will give you whatever you desire even a new Cadillac. What they fail, so miserably to do, is make the connection, that the desires of a true believers heart will always be aligned with the Lord’s will and calling for your life. This devotional clearly points out it is NEVER about you and ALWAYS about the Sovereign Lord of Lords who saved you. As we near the day that we celebrate the birth of our saviour take time to reflect upon the true desires of your heart. – Mike 

 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 13 & 14 June

STRONG DRINK

Beware I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink – Judges 13:4

If Christ would set up a pulpit at the alehouse door, some would hear him oftener. – John Trapp

Wine tempers the heart like wax for the devil’s impression. – Thomas Adams

DESIRE

They sought him with their whole desire – 2 Corinthians 15:15

Nearer to heaven in hopes, the further from earth in desires. – William Gurnall

Desire will be a continual spring to diligence. – John Flavel

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent, “Walking with God”, daily devotional. The topics are OBSTACLES OF REVIVAL and THE FIRST STAGE IN REVIVAL

Delight Yourself in the Lord

Truth For Life – Daily Devotional June 14, 2017
Delight yourself in the Lord… Psalm 37:4

The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer it is only the reminder of a recognized truth. The life of the believer is described as a delight in God, and we are reminded of the great fact that genuine faith overflows with happiness and joy.

Ungodly persons and mere professors never look upon religion as a joyful thing; to them it is service, duty, or necessity, but never pleasure or delight. If they attend to religion at all, it is either because of what they might get or because they are afraid of the consequences of neglect. The thought of delight in religious exercise is so strange to most men that no two words in their language stand further apart than holiness and delight.

But believers who know Christ understand that delight and faith are so wonderfully united that the gates of hell cannot manage to separate them. Those who love God with all their hearts find that His ways are ways of pleasantness, and all His paths are peace. The saints discover in Christ such joy, such overflowing delight, such blessedness that far from serving Him from custom, they would follow Him even though the whole world rejected Him. We do not fear God because of any compulsion; our faith is no shackle, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty. No, our piety is our pleasure, our hope is our happiness, our duty is our delight.

Delight and true faith are as interwoven as root and flower, as indivisible as truth and certainty; they are, in fact, two precious stones glittering side by side in a setting of gold.

Tis when we taste Thy love,
Our joys divinely grow,
Unspeakable like those above,
And heaven begins below.

One-Year Bible Reading Plan

Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.

As I am sure most of you have heard of the “prosperity” and “name it and claim it theology” cults. They love for the second half of this verse and he will give you the desires of your heart (ESV) saying just ask and God will give you whatever you desire even a new Cadillac. What they fail, so miserably to do, is make the connection, that the desires of a true believers heart will always be aligned with the Lord’s will and calling for your life. It is NEVER about you and ALWAYS about the Sovereign Lord of Lords who saved you. – Mike 

What do you Desire?

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.Psalms 37:4

I remember thinking, when I first because a Christian, how wonderful prayer would be. All I would have to do was let God know what I wanted, and He promised that I would have it. I began searching my life for the true desires of my heart, and was surprised to find that they weren’t cars, money, or houses, but love, peace of mind, and happiness. The more I prayed, the more I became aware that the true desires of my heart were the desires of Jesus’ own heart. They had been there all along, but I had never recognized them before.

Prayer is not a way for us to make ourselves wealthy and prosperous. The Christian’s mind should be set on higher things. When we pray to the Lord, always remembering to say, “Thy will done,” we will find the truth of Christ squarely centered in our lives.

Prayer: There are few people I would rather spend my time with than You. Lord, though often I don’t spend time with You as I should. Forgive me when I forget to turn to You. Make Your desires my desires. Amen.

{True believers claim Christ and Christ alone; we stand on the Word, Sola Scriptura alone for our desires is that of glorifying God alone, Soli Deo gloria, alone. Mike}

From: http://www.crosswalk.com