Are you Delighted In His Word ?

Are you Delighted in His Word- 10-19-15
 Every year we go on a hike to the beautiful Burney Falls, in California. I could truly sit at the waters edge and watch it, delighting myself in its splendor all day long. 
The Word of God tells us we are to desire to be in the Lord's presence like that. 

Delight yourself also in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

What does it mean to delight yourself in the Lord in the first place? Let’s look at the word delight first of all.

de·light, ˈlīt/ verb 1.please (someone) greatly.
Noun great pleasure Synonyms: pleasure, happiness, joy , glee, gladness
So to delight ourselves in the Lord could mean to enjoy, take pleasure , have happiness or gladness or even joy in the Lord!  I like this; I truly enjoy myself when I am worshiping the Lord and feeling as if I am in His presence. I think this is what the Psalmist is trying to tell us to do is get up close and personal and enjoy the presence of the Lord.

He goes on to say that when we do then He will give us the desires of our heart. Well the desires we have when we are in His presence are generally going to be in His will so I think that is pretty accurate, don’t you?
When my children where small if they were enjoying my company they would not be fighting, they would not be whining, they would be full of joy and happiness about what we were doing together. They did not go asking me for things during these times that I would say no to, because with the quality time we would be having they would not want to ruin it with the wrong want.
When we are spending time worshiping, or reading His Word we tend to think more like God would think; an we do what Jesus would do, and say what He would say,
I think it’s a lot like when we hang with someone who likes a sport we start to find interest in the sport, even if we did not find it interesting before. Or if a friend is into a certain book series and they start telling us about it we can easily slip into the will of our friend and enjoy the book tool

If all it was about, this Psalm 37, was spending time enjoying the presence of God that would truly be a delight but there is more to it.

Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
 Psalm 37:5-6
We are to commit ourselves to following Him and trusting Him and knowing that He will bring to pass what He promises. He will help us make His desires, our desires when we draw close to Him and study His word and plant it in our hearts to the point of growing stronger in our relationship with Him.
I mean, if you think about it; to get closer to a friend, brother or Lord you must spend time getting to know them better. To get to know someone better you must spend time with them. Talking, walking after His direction, and praying, resting in His presence and studying the Word or worshiping the Lord all bring us to a point where we know Him more.

One of my favorite worship chorus’ is “To Know Him” It goes something like “To know Him to Know Him is the cry of my heart, Spirit reveal Him to me. To hear what He’s saying brings life to my bones, to know Him, to know Him my Lord.” When I sing this song I feel as though my heart cries out to the Lord the words more than many other worship songs we sing. It’s the straight stuff! 

When we delight ourselves in Him, we are following after that desire to know Him more. The more we follow after that desire, and commit ourselves to the things we do to get to know Him more the more He will answer our godly desires and wants as well.
We have to take the step to know Him, and then keep walking closer and closer through prayer and the Word of God.
How about if we challenge ourselves today, begin a week of prayer asking God to show you the desires of your heart. Not just the wants, like coffee or chocolate but the true desires of a committed heart.
Then next week let’s pray that He helps us achieve those desires that we would truly walk in His joy as we walk in His Word daily.
I keep saying that we need to read our Bibles daily because if we skip it we will become weak. If we skip prayer we will become weaker, and eventually we will not even desire to be in His presence. We will loose the joy of the Lord that is our strength when we do not commit to spend time with Him daily.
 Dear Heavenly Father draw us near to Your Holy Spirit that we would be right there in Your presence gaining strength to draw even nearer and to know Your will for our lives today. Bless us an d keep us in Jesus name, amen.
Suggested Reading: Psalm 37:1-37, Jeremiah 29:1-24, Ephesians 4:32 and Ephesians 5:1-33