Where's Your Delight?

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4

If God is your delight…if you realize that the best thing in your life is GOD HIMSELF, He will bless you and give you not only what you need, but what you want.

Material blessings are good, but when they come, don’t forget where they came from (Deut 8:18). Your main delight must still be the Lord, not what He blesses you with.

Ministry is good, but we are often tempted to delight ourselves in ministry more than we delight ourselves in the Lord.  A symptom of this would be just getting into the Bible to put together a teaching rather than also taking time to build yourself up by reading it. Another would be thinking that we have no time to just stop and praise and worship God because we are so very busy ministering to the needs of the world. If Jesus had to draw away by Himself and He also told His disciples to come and rest a while, what makes us think that we can afford to just grind out ministry?  There will always be “one more person” who could have been ministered to, and I’m sure that was true for Jesus as well, but He kept His priorities right.

Gifts of the Spirit and exercising authority over Satan are good things. However, Jesus told His disciples not to rejoice because they had power over demons but to rejoice because their names were written in heaven. Knowing God and fellowshipping with Him needs to remain our supreme delight. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have time for your family because you’re so busy worshipping God, of course. But if you have time to watch every sporting event on TV but no time to spend alone with God, something is way out of balance. The promise that God will give you the desires of your heart doesn’t apply if your desires are out of whack because you put them before God Himself.