Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
The picture below shows a dad delighting in his child. The image conveys warmth and obvious affection. The child is secure in his father’s loving arms.
If we believe in Jesus and receive him into our hearts, we become children of God, loved cherished and secure in His presence. Such is the great love that Father God has lavished upon us. (John: 1:12-13, 1 John 3:1).
Even before Jesus begins his earthly ministry, the Father expresses His delight in him. “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3: 17) As we approach Easter, let us delight ourselves in our wonderful Saviour who willingly gave his life for us. Jesus is the pearl of greatest value (Matthew 44:44-45) In Jesus’ presence, I find myself constantly challenged by his most excellent and beautiful attributes that are so contrary to what the world views as excellent or beautiful. Here are just some to meditate on:
Jesus is the God of perfect justice, gloriously majestic yet exceptionally humble, deeply submissive to the Father yet infinitely worthy of praise, self-sufficient yet entirely reliant upon God, totally obedient to His Father’s will yet exercising supreme dominion over heaven and earth.
Delight yourself in Jesus and allow Him to align your heart so that His desires become your desires. As Matt Horner reminded us on Palm Sunday, God’s promises nearly always come with a condition. God wants to shape His desires in us for Him and for others. Jesus himself came to seek out the lost, the poor and the broken-hearted, that is, those who recognised that they had a need. Who has Jesus put on your mind to reach out to and love? This can be through prayer, financial giving or practical help.
God wants to plant His dreams in our hearts. What dreams has he given you? How does it fit into His overarching plan to see multitudes of people from every nation, tribe, people and language (together) standing in God’s presence and worshipping Him? (Revelation 7:9). If our dreams and passions do not align with God’s great plans and purposes, then perhaps He is calling us to lay them down. Are we willing to do this?
The Westminster Catechism teaches that our chief end (aim) is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever. To delight in God is both our duty and calling. John Piper says that delighting in God means “seeing him as the most admirable person and reality in the universe.” We love to admire a beautiful sunset, a sports personality or a pop-star. To delight in God is to embrace the beauty of Christ and to find total satisfaction in him. When we delight in him, we discover our true identity because we were made to worship him.
- Ask Jesus what he is calling you to actively pursue, and what is he calling you to lay down?
- Pray that he would give you a passion for his presence and that His desires would become your desires.