Ever since the first day of Delight we have used Psalm 37:4 as our theme verse. As females seeking after The Lord it seemed like the perfect verse to sum up what we wanted our ministry to look like. We wanted our walk with The Lord to be fun, joyous, and something we could Delight in. Walking with God should never feel like a duty. We spent our first year Delighting every chance we got and God truly blessed us with a ministry that really did fulfill the desires of our hearts.
At the same time, I had heard this verse millions of times and never really understood what it meant. I wrote it again and again in prayer journals for the girls in Delight, I have it painted on a canvas above my dresser, I have it highlighted in my bible, and I can recite it in my sleep. Yet I've never been able to truly capture the essence of what it means until now. While reflecting on the first Delight for the new school year God taught me a HUGE lesson about what that I thought I had all figured out.
I started in my bible, shocking I know!
I opened to Psalm 37 and actually read the story in full this time.
|| Trust in The Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself 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. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before The Lord and wait patiently for him. ||
- Psalm 37: 3-7 ESV
So what does it mean to truly delight yourself in The Lord?
Delight is more than just joy. Delighting in The Lord involves trust. Trusting in God's plan for your life and trusting him even when you don't understand, which for me is quite often. Delighting in The Lord involves simply doing good. I've learned recently how hard it is to genuinely have a good heart, pure intentions, and to find the time to exercise that goodness. Delighting in the Lord involves commitment, committing to his ways even when that calls us to be somebody different than everybody else, commitment to his heart becoming our heart even when it makes no practical sense, and also unadulterated commitment to his word. Delighting in the Lord lastly calls for patience, patiently waiting for him to act in your life, patience in loving others, and being still, so our power hungry hearts don't get in the way.
This is what Delighting in The Lord looks like.
Now let's talk about those desires. This is the part of the verse that always tripped me up a bit. I always knew delighting in The Lord wasn't always as easy it sounded. What I didn't fully comprehend was the part about my desires. If I'm being honest there have been times in my life where the deepest desires of my heart were to be beautiful, have a lot of money, live in a big house, and be adored by my hunk of a husband. If I truly delighted in The Lord, was God going to give me these things? Was he just going to hand them over just because this is what I desired and I'd fulfilled my duty of delighting in him in the months prior? My answer I found was yes and no!
When I began to truly Delight in The Lord everyday and in every moment, my desires were no longer mine. I desired what God desired.
Things began to change!
I desired justice because God desires justice. God used me to organize an event at my school that raised awareness and over $3400 for the fight against modern day slavery. I desired a deeper intimacy with God because God desires intimacy with me. Over the last few months I've transformed into a girl who never saw the light of day before 10:00am into one who wakes up before 7:00am daily to be sure I have the chance to spend one-on-one time with my God. I desired stronger relationships with my family and friends because God desires those relationships for me. I've always had a 40 ft tall fortress built around my heart because of my deep fear of being hurt and vulnerable. With God's help I've been able to slowly brick-by-brick and day-by-day tear that wall down thus restoring the condition of my heart and the conditions of my relationships. I desired to dedicate my life to God's plan and not my own because God desires me to be his hands and feet. I used to be a girl who knew exactly where she was going and how she was going to get there. I wanted to be praised and adored for my accomplishements and talents. I lost sight of who I was because I lost sight of God in me. Now I have no clue where I'm going but I do know I'm going to get there only with the help of my savior. I'm going to build my life upon His desires for the kingdom and His desires for me. Wherever He sends me, I will go and whatever He calls me to, I will do. I've committed my way to The Lord and just like Psalm 37 promises he has brought forth my righteousness as the light and my justice as the noonday.
I've learned what life is like when I truly delight in The Lord and how simply doing that radically changed my desires which radically changed everything.
So one more time:
Delight yourself in The Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
The Delight Girls