Where is your delight?

“Delight Yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalm 37:4

I’ve heard this verse used out of context so many times, but it is still one of my favorites! If we delight in the Lord, He will bless us with what our hearts desire. It’s so simple, yet there are so many layers of depth. As we hear this in passing, it’s easy to think that David is saying that we will get whatever worldly thing we want if we just enjoy God, but let’s look at if a little closer. Since God designed us to be in community with Him, our joy is multiplied when we are in His presence. He knows what will truly bring us peace because he made us to be that way. So, through that lense, this verse takes on a new meaning. If we search more for the Lord, we will undoubtedly delight in Him more. As we continue to delight in Him, we will start to desire more of Him. Our hearts will long for more of the peace and rest that only God can provide… and He promises in this verse that he will be faithful to grant that desire.  So we have established a continuous loop.

1) seek the Lord

2) experience delight and “peace that surpasses all understanding”

3) desire more more rest in Him

4) seek the Lord more…

God promises in this verse that’s as we desire and seek more, we will find more. “Knock and the door will be opened to you…” This verse is not some promise to give us our worldly wish list. In fact the same psalm also says, “Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of the wicked.” (37:16) This would directly contradict the misused version of Psalm 37:4.

Our journey will include adversity and stumbling, but God promises we won’t fall because he is there holding our hand (37:24). Don’t be afraid to stumble, and seek the Lord constantly so that you can experience the peace of God and continue to have that peace multiplied!

Tyler Vaughn

Owner, Pathology Apparel

Son of the King

Psalm 37