“Delight yourself in the Lord — and He will give you the desires of your heart!” Psalm 37:4
Sin has taken our attention off of God — and fixed it upon ourselves, and the things around us.
Grace calls our attention off of everything else — to fix it upon God. It directs us to…
look to the Lord,
come to the Lord,
trust in the Lord,
wait on the Lord,
hope in the Lord, and
even delight in the Lord.
“Delight yourself in the Lord.” Take delight — not in health, or wealth, or position, or friends, or in anything that is changeable — but in the unchangeable Lord.
Delight yourself in His glorious character — as gracious, merciful, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
Delight yourself in Him, as…
the father of the fatherless,
the friend of the friendless,
the hope of the wretched,
and the Savior of the lost.
Delight yourself in His gracious covenant, which…
anticipates your needs,
provides for your needs,
limits your trials, and
provides strength for the day, as every day’s work requires.
Delight yourself in His paternal relation. He is not only your God — but your Father!
He cares for you, with a father’s care!
He loves you, with a father’s love!
He pities you, with a father’s pity!
He will receive you to Heaven, as to your father’s house!
Delight yourself in His precious promises. They are but drops from His ocean of love! They are intended to…
show His love,
display His grace,
manifest His care,
draw out your confidence,
banish your fear, and
assure you of all necessary supplies.
Delight yourself in his special providence. A providence that…
marks your steps,
directs your paths,
measures your troubles,
bounds the rage of your enemies,
numbers the very hairs of your head, and
makes all things work together for your good!
God in His providence, superintends all your affairs, even the most minute — so that nothing can happen to you by ‘chance’, or inadvertently do you harm!
Delight in creatures — only produces disappointment, dissatisfaction, and discomfort.
Delight in God — ensures satisfaction, comfort, and certainty.
To delight in God, is only to prefer…
the ever-flowing fountain — to the shallow stream;
the glorious sun — to the dim candle!