January 3, 2020
Delight in the Lord, He will take care of your needs
Take delight in the Lord , and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 37:4 NRSV
“Many delight in wealth, status, material possessions, and other temporary things of this world, but they are never satisfied.” – Unknown
Happy New Year Friends!
I have seen and heard many New Year resolutions, posted on social media or by other means. The more I read and listen, is the more I realise the things in which persons claim to get satisfaction from are null and void.
To take delight in someone or something means to be joyful, well pleased and satisfied. It is likely that we cannot be satisfied in the ways we think we can. Today’s text is reminding us that we should take delight in the Lord and he will grant the desires of our hearts.
Taking delight in the Lord means that our hearts truly find peace and fulfillment in Him. If we truly find satisfaction and worth in Christ, Scripture says He will give us the desires of our hearts. Does that mean, if we go to church every Sunday, God will give us a new car, a house, a husband, a wife, etc…??? . Not so at all!! The idea behind this verse and others like it is that, when we truly rejoice or “delight” in the eternal things of God, our desires will begin to fall in line with His will and we will never go unfulfilled. Matthew 6:33 reminds us, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things [the necessities of life] will be given to you as well.”
We will never be deeply fulfilled or “happy” with the things this world has to offer. If we place our joy and hope in God first, He will meet all of our needs. He will even grant our wants, as our hearts’ desires begin to match up with His will. If we truly place priority on the Lord, it is very likely that our heart’s greatest desire will not be materialistic but eternal.
Until next week, This world can never satisfy our deepest longings, but if we choose to delight in God’s way, He will always provide above and beyond our expectations. Jesus said, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).