Delight Yourself In the Lord (Psalm 37:4)
My mentor mentioned this to me this week.
Delight yourself in the Lord.
As I have been dwelling on this concept, I keep coming back to the first commandment…
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, with all your strength. (Mark 12:29-31)
Love, Delight, Love, Delight, Love, Delight.
Can it be any more simple?
So many times I find myself coming to God, wanting to have things figured out, wondering why certain things happen, how I should respond, etc. And here are the same words again….
Love me, delight in me. Thats all.
I am challenged at how focused I become on doing everything else for God….serving….doing this, doing that, realizing I don’t put as much and attention into loving God as I do serving Him.
I have to think of the different ways I try to make my children feel loved, showing them they are worthy of my time and attention. Though I fail often at this, it is one thing I strive for in parenting – spending time uniquely with each of my children. Letting them know they are loved.
I’m challenged to spend as much time with my Lord, learning to love Him as I do my children.
Delighting in Him above all else. Even above serving. I wonder how my relationship with the Creator would change if I spend as much time in His word and silent before Him as I do serving him. I bet I would learn more about what it means to delight in Him.
As a new year approaches, I’m challenged to do this – to spend time getting to know Him more, learning what it means to love him, to delight in Him. I can’t say I have it perfected now, because it will involves action, not just sentiment. Similar to having congruent actions to follow the “I love yous” I say to my children. Otherwise, it won’t be authentic.
The same is true for my Lord.
Father, please show me what it means to Love you, to delight in you.