Delight Yourself in Me and...
Written by Robert Truesdale   
Friday, 17 October 2014 09:06

                                                                DELIGHT YOURSELF IN ME AND………………

 

     Sometimes I can relate to Job from the Bible. Maybe you can too. Here is a guy who is going through all kinds of suffering, and if that weren’t enough, his friends are heaping it on him as well. Just what you need to go along with a ton of physical, emotional and spiritual agony, a ‘best-friends’ imposed guilt trip! We know how the book ends. God meets with Job, humbles him, blesses the living daylights out of him, and then chastises his ‘mis-directed’ friends. Psalm 37:4 states, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I think overall the Bible is pretty simple and clear. It’s us humans that make it so stinking complicated! I looked this verse up in several commentaries and did quite a bit of digging to get at the heart of what God was saying here. This is what I came up with. If we make God our first priority and the One we surrender our wills, desires and the whole of our existence to, then He will work in such a way to implant His desires into our hearts and then fulfill them His way and in His time. We tend to forget (when giving advice to others) that He is good, that He loves to bless His children, and is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask, think or imagine. He said so! (Ephesians 3:20)

     I am waiting on God for an incredible wife right now. It’s been six long years since my divorce and God has done some serious character transformation on me during that time. It’s not been a picnic, yet He has never left me! I am trusting His timing and ways of working are perfect, even though I get frustrated. Either He’s really in control, or I have much bigger concerns than singleness! Psalm 37:4 has been a real source of comfort for me while I wait. Yet it’s also forced me to take a much deeper, more penetrating look at how much I really delight myself in Him. It can be rather sobering at times. Yet God’s conviction is always to draw us closer to Him, never to inflict condemnation on us. I am realizing that delighting myself in Him is the only thing that makes life really worth living! He gives life purpose, beyond our selfish pursuits.  I am realizing something else. No one, and I mean no one, can tell you or me what God means when He says He will give us the desires of our hearts! He is our deepest, widest longing. But after that, each and every heart knows what it longs for, that only He can bring to pass! Remember, this is the God who gave the greatest gift in His only Son! Would He shortchange us on lesser gifts? I’m not saying He will give us everything we want. I’ll leave that to the ‘name it, claim it’ phonies. What I am saying is that when we make Him truly first in all we say and think and do and worship, He will work deep within our hearts to long for what He already intends on giving us, and it will be far greater than we could ever imagine! Just think and remember, this is the God who didn’t just make a couple of kinds of colorful fish or birds or beautiful flowers. He made thousands! Not to mention the colors He put into rainbows, sunsets, wildlife, or a baby’s cheeky smile. We are talking about the God of unfathomable imagination and creativity! And He made you!

     I wrote this chapter just to remind you and me not to ever let anyone steal the God-given hope within you. You want to be sure it’s from Him? Put Him first in everything. Before every person, place or thing. Abide in His word, share His love and truth, walk in obedience in every aspect of your life, fellowship with God-honoring Christians, get involved in a Bible-teaching church, use your time and talents to serve and build His kingdom, not yours, and watch what He will do! Do me a favor. Put this down right now and read Malachi 3:10. I figure if God means this with regard to money, isn’t it true of every aspect of our relationship with Him? “See if I will not throw open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (Mal. 3:10 NIV, italics mine) Doesn’t sound like a God who plans on shortchanging you, does it?