“Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.” [Psalms 37:4]
“Delight yourself in the Lord.” I feel like we may read this and feel like we have to force joy into our relationships with God. Or if we are looking at the entire verse, we may think we have to create delight in order to reach an end goal of receiving the desires of our hearts. But I don’t think that it’s like this at all.
I want you to think about the closest people in your life: a parent, a best friend, a mentor. Don’t you delight in them? You know them, and you love to learn more about them. You enjoy spending time with them. Even if it’s hard, you trust them to know the deepest parts of you. I think that this is what it means to “delight yourself in the Lord”. By spending time with Him and knowing Him and allowing Him to know you, you’ll grow deeper in relationship with Him. And when you grow in closeness with someone, you begin to delight in them! So, when we delight in the Lord, it’s really just growing in friendship and intimacy with Him. The delight will flow from that.
But what about that second part of the verse? When you spend time with someone, you begin to be more like them. Whenever I spend a lot of time with my mom, I’ll pick up on her little sayings that she says. I’ll spend time with my best friends, and I’ll try to learn more about the things that interest them because I want to connect with them in a way that is relatable to them. And it’s not that I lose myself in the process, but I just learn to relate to the people around me.
I think it’s the same with God. When we spend more and more time with God, we begin to love Him more. And when we love Him more, we begin to delight in the same things that He delights in. And the desires on our hearts match His. And I think this is true for the big and small things. Either way, I think that when we grow in relationship with Him, we want to match His desires and He wants to match ours, so they begin to draw closer together. And since God is God, we can trust that this is good.
So, in short, know God, trust God, and go after the desires on your heart hand in hand with a God, a friend, a Father who loves you a lot.
God, I want to know you more. Will You show me the desires of Your heart? Will You show me where You want to meet me in the midst of the desires of my heart? I just want to know You. Help me allow myself to open up myself to You so that You may know me. Thank You for being patient, gentle and kind. I love You! Amen.