“Delight yourself also in the LORD,
and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
– PSALM 37:4
King David describes the life of a believer as one that “delights” in God, overflowing with love and joy. He discovered that there is “fullness of joy” in the Lord’s presence (Psalm 16:11). David’s son Solomon shares a similar theme about the life of one who knows God:
Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart (PSALM 37:4).
This life of blessing is God’s will for you, my friend! Our Heavenly Father wants His children to serve Him out of love and gratitude, not obligation or fear. Our faith and obedience are to be the direct by-product of delighting in His love.
David says something remarkable happens when you learn to delight yourself in the Lord: “He shall give you the desires of your heart.” What a fantastic promise! This is David’s prescription for a breakthrough:
Delight yourself also in the Lord!
When you put this powerful principle to work, you’ll be amazed by how quickly you receive what you’ve been praying for.
Getting Your Delight Back
Perhaps you are saying at this point, “Ben, I used to delight in the Lord, but now I just do what is expected. Somewhere I lost that feeling of joy. I don’t know how to get it back.
First, let me commend you for your honesty! Being real with God about the condition of our heart is the first step toward a spiritual turnaround.
Then, recognize that you are not alone in the experience. The church in Ephesus was a mighty testimony of the grace and power of Jesus Christ (see Acts 19), but Jesus confronts them in Revelation 2:4: “I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Although they were still busy with religious activities, they had lost their joy in serving the Lord.
Jesus gave the Ephesians a remedy for their condition — the same remedy He would prescribe for those who have lost their first love today: “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works” (Revelation 2:5).
The two keywords here are “remember” and “repent.” They were told to remember their original delight in knowing the Lord, considering how much better their life was when they experienced that closeness to Him. And then they were told to repent, humbling themselves before God and resuming their former zeal and diligence.
The Ephesian church was told to do its “first works” again — praying, fasting, dealing with sin, and not resting until they had recovered all their lost ground and a genuine love for Jesus.
How About You?
Only Jesus can provide the love our hearts so desperately need. A relationship with Him is much more than good works, religious ceremonies, or doctrinal orthodoxy.
When Jesus died on the cross, the thick temple veil was torn in two from top to bottom, signifying that intimate access to the Father was available to all (Matthew 27:51). No longer would God be distant, unapproachable, or separated from His people. Jesus opened the way for us to enter into the Holy of Holies, beckoning us to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Never forget God’s amazing grace that purchased your salvation at such a huge price. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). TODAY can be a day of new beginnings in your relationship with Him as He brings you from drudgery to delight!
Ben Cerullo has been named by Charisma Magazine as one of the “30 Emerging Voices” who will lead the church in the next decade. His ministry carries a powerful anointing and prophetic message. Traveling extensively, both domestically and internationally, he has spoken in more than 27 nations. God continues to use him to reach people with the Gospel, confirming His Word with signs following.
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