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.

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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 

A Prayer about Being Claimed by God’s Promises

March 19

 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ]English Standard Version (ESV)

 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire 2 Peter 1:4 (ESV)

 Patient Father, the “farther up and further in” I go into the gospel, the more you challenge and change the way I think about everything. It’s another kind example of your commitment to complete the good work you’ve begun in your children and in the entire creation. At times this process is quite painful, but it’s always about more glory for you and more Christlikeness in us. We praise you for the perfection of your plan and the persistence of your heart.

Recently I’ve been thinking about your promises, so generously and copiously given in your Word. I now see, and grieve, how as a young follower of Jesus, I was pretty much trained to be a computer programmer, and you were the computer. I acted as though you were passively waiting for me to tell you what to do. Your hands were bound by the limitations of my faith. All I had to do was “claim the promises” without negative thoughts or a wavering will, and you would spring to action.

I confess and repent of my cynicism, but you know how long this way sounded really good to me. Thankfully, I now see that your promises are primarily about changing us, not programming you. Through your promises, we increasingly share in your divine nature— that is, you’re making us more and more like Jesus. By your promises, we can escape the corruption in the world, not simply accumulate more of its treasures.

Father, every one of your promises directs our gaze away from us to Jesus, who is the ultimate “Yes!” to every promise you’ve made (2 Cor. 1: 20). Oh, the difference the gospel makes in how we view all things. We don’t claim your promises— they claim us! If we’re going to “name and claim” anything, may it be to have greater passion for your glory. May our “standing on your promises” lead to living under your authority and serving well in your kingdom until Jesus returns. We pray in Jesus’ triumphant and transforming name. Amen.

Smith, Scotty. Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith (p. 92). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.