Delight Yourself in the Lord - Psalm 37

Psalm 37:4 Delight in the Lord #174

Over a year ago I shared Psalm 37:3 and today I wanted to share Psalm 37:4 which says, Take delight in the Lordand he will give you the desires of your heart.” In this verse, David gives the command to “take delight in the Lord.” When I looked up what the word delight meant, it was defined as “please greatly, great pleasure, happiness, joy.” So, David is telling us to take “great pleasure in the Lord.”

If you have a spouse or a child, how would you take great pleasure in them? Not only would you need to be in their presence, but you would need to get to know them. Well God is the same way. To take delight in him, you have to know him. The more you know him and who he is, the more you will be filled with his pleasure, happiness and joy.

I love the Passion Translation of Psalm 37:4, “Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and he will provide for you what you desire most.” What happens when you delight yourself in the Lord? “He gives you the desires of your heart.” As you delight yourself in God, spend time with him and get to know him, naturally your desires will line up with what he has and wants for you. The point of this passage isn’t saying if you delight in God, you will get that brand new fancy car or win the lottery. No, it’s that God will give you the desires of your heart that line up with his will for you.

There is a reason that this verse starts with delighting yourself in the Lord and him fulfilling your desires next. It’s almost like David sets it as a prerequisite or makes an “if, then” statement. As you delight yourself in him, then the Lord will give you the desires of your heart. Make sure that your focus is not on what you get, but your focus is on pursuing Christ by spending time in his presence, spending time getting to know him and pursuing him for who he is. When you have delighted in God, you can trust your desires are from him and that he will always fulfill them!

Delight Yourself in the Lord - Psalm 37

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7 Comments
  • Amanda
    Posted at 10:12h, 27 February Reply

    This verse is on of my favorites! He always knows exactly what we need even before we do! Thank you so much for sharing! I love your Blog and the messages you share <3

    xo,
    Amanda
    misslulupearlblog.blogspot.com

  • Bill Krafft
    Posted at 10:21h, 27 February Reply

    Thanks for your encouragements.

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 11:18h, 27 February Reply

    The results follow if you’re starting off right 😉

  • Elle sees
    Posted at 07:15h, 28 February Reply

    An excellent way to start off my morning with this scripture!

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 16:40h, 28 February Reply

    Such a wonderful thought to know that we can come to know Christ! The longer I serve Him and walk with Him, the more I want to know Him more. It is a painful process, many times, because in order to really know Christ, it is absolutely necessary that we partake of His sufferings. But, oh, to know Him makes it worth whatever it takes! Thank you for sharing this thought…it was a blessing to me. God bless you!

  • Amaris
    Posted at 13:29h, 02 March Reply

    Yes!! I love this! I love your heart, Caroline!
    XOXO

  • Keri McCue
    Posted at 13:37h, 02 March Reply

    I love the Passion version of that verse! SO good!! I’ll have to look into the Passion Translation, I’d never heard of it.

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