Delight Yourself in the Lord
Psalm 37: 4 New King James Version (NKJV) 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Context of This Verse
Psalm 37 was written by the prophet David later in his life. One duty of a prophet was to explain the laws that were given to Moses and God's people. Many people were questioning the outcomes they were witnessing for people who did follow God's laws. God's people were confused as to why some evil people seemed to be receiving blessings while some followers of Christ seemed to be suffering for their faith. David wrote this psalm to explain God's providence. Unlike David's other psalms which are written as devotions, this one is written as a sermon. The lines of this particular psalm contain imperative sentences. David is giving us direct statements to follow in order that we can live a happy Christian life. God created each one of us. He knows what will TRULY make us happy and satisfy us. This psalm is written to help us realize that if we look to God to fulfill us and if we long for MORE GOD instead of more "stuff"- then we WILL be happy! We should not feel jealous of those people who obtain lots of "stuff" and riches by doing evil things. They are not truly satisfied. They will keep needing more and more "stuff".... their happiness is focused outwardly and dependent on their circumstances. We, on the other hand, can have inward true happiness. True happiness is constant and not dependent on any outward circumstance. David is telling us that we can have constant joy and peace if we place our longings inward! We will be satisfied and happy if we depend solely on the source of our true happiness ,OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, to fill us!!! The Lord will provide for us with what we TRULY need to be happy! The more of HIM we accept the FULLER we will become!!!
1.freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone); hand over to.
Our Heavenly Father is ready and willing to FREELY transfer true happiness to each and every one of us!!! :)
Here is the second part: Give and TAKE go hand in hand. Our Heavenly Father freely GIVES what we truly NEED- it is up to US to TAKE it and stop searching in wrong places for happiness :)
Just like a loving earthly father loves to give to his children, our Heavenly Father loves to give to each one of us. The gift that God is wanting to give each one of us is the gift of true happiness. True happiness comes from desiring MORE God on a daily basis! The problem comes when we try to decide on our own what we need to be happy. The more we chase after fleeting "things"- the emptier we feel. We must be careful to not act as if we know more than God. Only HE knows what will truly fulfill us!!!
Here is a great quote from C.S. Lewis:
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
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