I was just thinking about that amazing statement in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I have pondered that verse for years and given it as council hundreds of times. Since I am preaching on Psalm 37 tomorrow it has particularly been on my heart and mind this week.
It’s like IHOP. That’s right, the International House of Pancakes. I was watching a commercial for IHOP this morning while I was getting dressed. In the commercial they were advertising for some kind of strawberry topped, French toast, crepe thing stuffed with a creamy filling. It looked delicious. I could just imagine all of the different flavors coming together as I took the first bite. I could delight myself in that strawberry topped, French toast, crepe thing with the creamy filling.
“Delight” is defined as, “Great pleasure; joy. Something that gives great pleasure or enjoyment.” We don’t use terms like that enough in our faith walk. To continue the food analogy, I think too often we look at our relationship with God as being more like vegetables. It’s something we need. It will make us stronger and healthier. We are thankful to have them, but would we honestly say we delight in vegetables?
In Psalm 37 David’s use of the word “delight” reminds me of the importance of taking pleasure in my relationship with God. I do need Him and that relationship does make me stronger and healthier, and I am thankful for it, but it is so much more than that. When you delight in something it shows up all over you. You can see it on your face and hear it in your words.
I think if we delighted in our God a little more the world might sit up and take notice a little more. They might want to know a little more about our Lord. Like the first bite of the strawberry topped, French toast, crepe thing stuffed with a creamy filling, it might make them want to taste what we seem to enjoy so much. As David said in Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” I think I’ll head down to the IHOP.
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