Delight in the Lord

This morning as I was praying I sensed the Spirit say to me: “There is so much available to you right now that you’re not accessing.” I was drawn to Psalm 37:4: “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Often, if I’m honest, I focus on the ‘getting the desires of my heart’ part of the verse.  There is nothing wrong with having goals, desires, ambition and vision for the future. But today I was drawn to the word ‘delight’ so I studied it further. I was surprised to discover that in the Hebrew ‘delight’ actually means ‘to be soft, pliable, delicate or sensitive’.  In other words, it’s to keep our hearts soft and tender towards God; sensitive His leading and prompting, pliable to His shaping and transformation.  As we do that, our hearts are conformed to His perfect will.  Our desires and longings become His.  Therefore our requests and prayers are in alignment with His will for us and He will gladly give us what we ask.  Everything is available and attainable through attention and affection.

Psalm 37:4-6

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”

Psalm 35:9

“Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation.”

Psalm 37:23-24

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”

Psalm 112:1

“Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.”