Why We Must "Delight" In The Lord
There’s a verse that we say so often that I believe has innocently misdefined the character of our loving Father. It’s a verse you may have heard at church, in Instagram bios, or at Delight itself, and rightfully so because it’s so so good.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
Wow, I love that. Read that again and then say it out loud. Soak it in for a sec. The word that I want to focus on first in that verse is the word, “Delight.”
The first time we are introduced to this word in Scripture is in Genesis 17:5. It is perhaps one of the most dramatic and climatic events second to the death and resurrection of Christ thousands of years later. Basically, Abraham is told by God to go and kill his only son as an offering before the Lord. I know it’s super brutal and crazy.
“Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Genesis 22:2
You might be thinking to yourself, “Taylor, I don’t see the word ‘Delight’ ANYWHERE in that passage.” Well, look closer, and look in Hebrew as well. The word love in this passage is the word “ahab” which means “to love, to desire, delight.” Beth Moore provides commentary on this beautiful passage of scripture and says the following…
“God chose this exact moment in all of history to introduce delighting love. Far from coincidentally, the word is used first to describe the immense feeling a father has for his son— his only son.”
Oh yes, the first time God chose to use the word “Delight” is in this instance of describing a father’s love for his child. In doing so, He introduces his own delighting love for His children. He describes the way he feels about his child, his daughter, Sarah in Texas, Rachel in Boston, Chloe in Michigan, Felicia in California— yup, I see you.
Are you starting to see that “Delight” has nothing to do with you, but everything to do with Him?
The second and final word of that passage I want you to focus on is the word “desire.” Instead of looking at the Hebrew, however, let’s look at its Latin roots. The prefix “de” means “of” and “sire” means “father”. Okay that’s awesome. So the word desire means “of the Father”. Honey, do you hear that? That is the sound of your wheels turning. Let’s put it all together now!
Now with all of that super nerdy wordy language I just fire-hosed into your eyeballs, it would be my absolute pleasure to help us put it all together. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He’ll give you the desires of your heart.” This is how I would translate the verse: “Allow the father and His first son that He so delights in to delight in you in that same way, and when that happens through intimate relationship, He will give you passions and pursuits in His will, in exchange for passions and pursuits that are of your own.”
It’s important to note that this is only made possible through Christ. Jesus was so clear about how to be in union with the Father that He really couldn’t have been more obvious about it. In John 14:6, Christ says, “The only way to the Father is through Me.” BANG. Do you want a relationship with your Heavenly Father? Do you want healing? Do you want a purpose on your life that is literally God given? Well, have you spent time with Christ? Have you given your life to Him so then the Father can abide in you, make your heart His earthly dwelling, and tell you your passions?
Something to remember is that God feels this way about all of His daughters and sons, not just you or your BFF or your favorite barista. Yes, whoever has put their life in Christ is adopted into the kingdom and is apart of the body of Christ. Have fellowship with your brothers and sisters.
“For it is not good for man to be alone.” - Genesis 2:18
“Where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there.” - Matthew 18:20
About the Author
Hey guys, I’m a bright colored gal named Taylor. I’m a lover of hockey and lacrosse, but I’m definitely a theatre kid at heart. I’ve tasted every chocolate milk known to man. More importantly though, I’m super excited to hug Jesus one day.