Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. – Pslam 37:4-5
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prosperity in his way. Pslam 37:7.
I recently have been fretting, worrying, and trying to make my own path. I read these verses the other day and it was like bam, exactly what I needed to hear. If you are like me, you know in your head what is right, but it has a hard time reaching your heart. Yes I know I need to surrender everything to God, yes I know I need to stop worrying and comparing, Yes I am thankful for what I have. All these things are true, but when I get in one of my “fix-it, make my own path” moods, those things aren’t really heart-felt, no matter how hard I try to make them. It isn’t until I get an ah-ha moment to completely be heartfelt.
Leading up to my ah-ha moment I was reading in Numbers 13 where those sent to explore Canaan were reporting back to Moses. They said it was a land flowing with milk and honey, but the people who lived there were too powerful. They did not believe they could ever overthrow those people. In Numbers 14 all the people began to complain and blame Moses and Aaron. They totally forgot that God had promised them this land, they had lost their faith in God to follow up on his promise. Joshua and Caleb, however, didn’t. They said “if the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”- Numbers 14:8-9. The people refused to listen. It angered the Lord, leading to the punishment of anyone over 20 years old not getting into the promised land. But because of Caleb and Joshua’s faith, they were promised to to enter the land.
That really struck me. How often to I grumble and complain, forgetting that God is a really big God. How often do I lose faith in his ability to give me exactly what I need, exactly when I need it? How often do I think I can do it better? What am I missing out on because I don’t have faith in what God has in store for me? It really made my head knowledge pour into my heart.
The next morning I read Pslam 37.
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in him; an he shall bring it to pass. – Pslam 37:4-5
So I need to delight myself in the Lord. That is a pretty awesome verse. God wants to please us, he wants his children to be happy. There are different verses in scripture that have this same promise, said in different ways. I really want to delight myself in the Lord, but how do I do it? Trust me, I don’t have this all figured out by any means, but as I read through Psalm 37 a few things came to mind.
I think the first and most important thing is to be content and so very thankful for what God has given us. To completely trust that God knows best and he gives us exactly what we need when we need it. Some things in our life we may never understand why they happened, but God is in control and has a perfect plan. To completely surrender your will and be open to God’s, I think is a huge part in delighting yourself in the Lord.
To not be jealous, or to compare ourselves with others. I think sometimes it is hard to not know why we are going through something while someone else looks like they never have any problems. To compare ourself with others will only leave us a stewing mess. Instead by placing our trust and hope in God, sets our sights in a different light. By looking to his word, rather than your neighbors life, will bring a peace in your heart, even during a messy hard time. I raise my hand first I am guilty of this, and like I said before it is really hard for me to do. This life thing, its a learning game, none of us are perfect at it, so give yourself some grace.
Don’t worry and fret. Don’t be angry at circumstances. God protects and keeps his children safe. When I worry (which is much more often than I care to admit) I try to tell myself, first it won’t do any good. I can’t change the outcome by worrying. Second no matter what happens in my life, God will be there to help me through it. It is easy for me to become wrapped up in what feels safe in this life, and forget that God is so much bigger than anything here on this earth.
Spend time with God. Be still before him. Take time to read and pray. Listen for his voice in your life, whether it be through a song, a quote, that still small voice, or his word, be open to hearing him speak to you.
And lastly give yourself some grace. I mess up daily, I get annoyed at myself. I wonder when God will get sick of my mistakes. “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Pslam 37 23-24. We all mess up, but God is patient, he loves us, and he is there for us. When we make a mistake, we need to acknowledge it and ask for forgiveness and try to do better. But leave it there, don’t beat yourself up over it, that won’t accomplish anything.
So my friend, take delight in the Lord, he will give you the desires of your heart.