the desires of my heart!
Psalm of David
“Delight yourself also in the Lord,
and He shall give you
the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4 NKJV
For many Christians, Psalm 37:4 is a favorite verse.
It certainly is one of mine.
A few years ago as
I was yearning for a desire of my heart,
I began to really think about that verse.
This page traces my journey
toward a greater understanding of that verse.
What does it mean to “Delight yourself in the Lord”?
Uplifted, happy attitude
The word “delight” has the idea of having an uplifted, happy attitude.
Also, when I “delight” in a person, I enjoy being with that person and seek to have that person enjoy me.
In thinking of the definition of “delighting in a person” I would also add the idea of “honoring” the person.
When we seek to treat someone with honor, it expresses our love and
delight in that person. It shows that we think that person is valuable and
worthy of our time.
Approach God as a real person.
So to me it was obvious that God wants us to approach him as with a real person.
Just because God is invisible to us, doesn’t mean we should forget that he is right there with us all day. I’ve often thought about how it looks to God if a person goes about his life for days at the time without ever acknowledging the one who walks with him every step. Thinking about that makes me feel sad for God. He loves us so much, and so often we ignore him.
Happy, cheery, grateful, honoring attitude
So I submit to you that:
* Approaching God with a happy, cheery, grateful, honoring attitude seems a part of the understanding of the verse.
* And enjoying my times with God also seems to be a part of the verse.
* And thirdly, enjoying the activity of reading the words of God.
Below is a prayer
that I recently wrote one day
after thinking about Psalm 37:4.
This prayer is written to express my gratitude to God.
And when I pray this prayer, it focuses my attention on increasing my delight in HIM.
Prayer to the Lord
You are amazing.
I delight in you this day.
I delight in your divine love that sought me and brought me to salvation.
I delight in your divine peace that assures me of my eternal home.
I delight in your healing mercies that have given me testimonies of overcoming weaknesses and sicknesses.
I delight in your provision that gives me my daily bread.
I delight in your beauty that manifests in the earth and in the sky. The beauty of nature surrounds me and gives me joy.
I delight in your friendship that daily shares my joys and my sorrows.
I delight in your wisdom that guides me toward your will and your ways.
Heavenly Father, help me to delight in you more every day.
In Jesus' name I pray,
Copyright © 2015 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Looking Deeper into
"When you do it to the least of these,
you have done it unto me."
Next - as I continued on my journey of understanding - I thought back to Matthew chapter 25:40 when Jesus was inferring that when you feed the hungry, give the thirsty a drink, visit those in prison, and help the sick and needy – then we are actually doing it to Jesus.
I also thought about the time that Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Jesus asked Saul why Saul was persecuting HIM. Saul was confused until he understood that when he persecuted the Christians, he was persecuting Jesus.
From those verses
and others that came to mind,
I realized that intentionally blessing people
and delighting in them
(approaching them with a happy, uplifted, honoring attitude)
very pleasing and delighting to God.
So if I want to delight God, I need to give some form of “delight” to all the people he deeply delights in.
Thoughts to Consider
Psalm 37:4 is sometimes approached by people (me included) with some selfishness in our heart.
Sometimes a lot of our motivation is about getting something from God.
But if we will not let that truth hinder us, we will find that the journey to manifesting Psalm 37:4 in our life will be filled with an ever – increasing evidence of a changed heart.
As we intentionally seek to delight in God and the people he loves, we will - at some point - notice that our heart has miraculously become even more genuinely loving and kind!
Prayer lifted up to the Lord
The following is a prayer about blessing other people. Even though it doesn’t have the word “delight” in it, it expresses that concept of treating others as valuable and thereby honoring God.
Lord of my heart,
I value you, and I value your Word.
Your Word tells me to love and bless other people. Your will is for me to view everyone in my life as valuable. You want me to honor people and treat them with respect every day.
I receive my mission to love people this day. I receive my mission to be helpful toward their needs, compassionate toward their hurts, encouraging toward their trials, enthusiastic toward their victories, warm toward their presence, and forgiving toward their mistakes and sins.
Change my heart, Lord. Teach me to be more like you.
I will yield to you this day.
Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Your love for me is nourishing and refreshing.
Your desire for me is to help me grow.
Your Word reminds me that you take joy in me.
You actually delight in me.
And I am learning to delight in you.
Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
The last prayer from our Prayer against Pride page
For those who like to study the Psalms -
Here are our Psalms pages.
Each one is unique and different.
We suggest you start with a simple one such as
Psalm 1 - Gaining godly wisdom and protection (not a commentary)
Psalm 18 and The names of God (not a commentary)
Psalm 22 verse 1 - easy Bible Study
Psalm 23 A multiple-day Bible study (a commentary)
Psalm 27 - Insights and Prayer (a commentary)
Psalm 61 - (a commentary) Save me, Lord!
Psalm 91 Comfort during distressing times (not a commentary)
Psalm 95 Finding Inspiration and Creating Dedication (a commentary)
Psalm 100:4 - Discovering a Prayer Pattern about Thanksgiving to God
Psalm 104 - Insights and Prayer (a simple commentary)
Psalm 107 Beauty and Blessing (a commentary)
Psalm 117 An easy Bible study (a commentary)
Psalm 119 A teaching on Psalm 119 (a partial commentary)
Psalm 121 A popular page (a commentary)
Psalm 136 A Psalm of God's love (a commentary)