Delight thyself in the Lord
Psalms 37:4 – Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer, it is only the inculcation of a recognized truth.
The life of the believer is described as a delight in God, and we are thus certified of the significant fact that true religion overflows with happiness and joy. Ungodly persons and mere professors never look upon religion as a joyful thing; to them, it is service, duty, or necessity, but never pleasure or delight. If they attend to religion at all, it is either that they may gain thereby, or else because they dare not do otherwise.
The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men that no two words in their language stand further apart than “holiness” and “delight” But believers who know Christ, understand that delight and faith are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot prevail to separate them.
Psalms 1:2 – But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditates day and night.
They who love God with all their hearts, find that his ways are ways of pleasantness, and all his paths are peace, and you know what they do, they blossom, they’re called blessed. Such joys, such brimful delights, such overflowing blessedness, do the saints discover in their Lord, that so far from serving him from custom, they would follow him through all the world and cast out his name as evil. We do not serve God because of any compulsion; our faith is no fetter, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty. No, our piety is our pleasure, our hope is our happiness, our duty is our delight.
Delight and true religion are as allied as root and flower; as indivisible as truth and certainty; they are, in fact, two precious jewels glittering side by side in a setting of gold. In all you do, set your heart on Christ let him come first in whatever decision you make, find pleasure in doing his will and obeying his commandments. There’s nothing as joyful as doing the will of the father and staying in his presence, the Bible also says, in the presence of God there’s fullness of Joy.
God help us all.
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