“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalm 37:4
The word delight signifies intense pleasure. There are many things that we delight in. We delight in spending time with our family. We delight in gathering with friends for fun and fellowship. These are things we enjoy, and they satisfy needs in our lives.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17
When we give our lives to Jesus, our desires change. We no longer seek after the things that satisfy our flesh. As we spend time in His presence, reading His Word, talking to Him in prayer, and worshipping Him, we desire to be more like Him. The old desires fade away as we think about His nature and His teachings.
Consider David’s words in Psalm 27:4
“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”
We know that David was not referring to spending all his time in the earthly house of the Lord, but in the presence of the Lord. We need time with fellow believers, praying, singing, and worshiping. We have not been able to do this over the last two years. But it is even more important that we have our private time with the Lord. That means a time and a place every day where we read the Bible, worship the Lord, and spend time in prayer for our family and for the needs that are prevalent in our world today.
It is in these times alone with the Lord, that He shows us the areas in our life that need renewing. As we delight in His presence, His still small voice speaks to our hearts, changing our desires, showing us the path to take as we make decisions. As we leave our secret place, His presence continues with us all through the day, guiding us and directing us.
Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for who you are, and for what you have done for us. We desire to draw close to you, and to know you in a greater way.
Devotion by Anne Johnston