Delight?

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation 0 Comments

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 act.

Psalm 37:4-5 NRSV

For the past several months, I prayed to understand what it means to “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

The most common interpretation of Psalm 37:4 says: if you delight in the Lord, he will change the desires of your heart so your desires are aligned with his desires, then he will give you those desires. Why? Because now your heart isn’t focused on what is selfish (see James 4:1-4).

What if our delight in the Lord (Ps. 37:4) begins with first receiving God’s delight in us?

Why? Because now your heart isn’t focused on what is selfish (see James 4:1-4).

I basically agree with the interpretation.

Is something deeper there, like when you look at the Grand Canyon, or a hawk soaring overhead, or an artistic masterpiece?

It’s like an art professor who tells students to draw three thumbnail sketches of a piece of art to help them to “see” what is there.

Why am I saying this? Because God takes the initiative to love us first; we love God because He first loved us (see 1 John 4:19).

What if our delight in the Lord, like our love of God, doesn’t begin with us taking the initiative?

What if our delight in the Lord (Ps. 37:4) begins with first receiving God’s delight in us?

God’s delight in us, like God’s agape love, doesn’t depend on us but on God’s character.

What do you think?

Thanks for being here. I appreciate you.

P.S. Because of readers’ response to this post in the comments and via e-mail, we may discuss James Bryan Smith’s book The Good and Beautiful God on an alternating week schedule. Do you mind if we free-form it? Any suggestions on a format? Is anyone interested in a small, closed FB group, for discussion and prayer? (Thinking “out loud.”)

P.S.S. My next post may be on trusting God with our desires and our delight. Processing.

Psst. It’s 10:09 p.m. Good night 🙂

Linking with my encouraging friend Holley Gerth