Delight; Guest Piece

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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

This is without a doubt one of my favorite verses in the Bible. It has a nice flowery sound to it when you read it. However, to study it brings far more meaning than just reading or saying it. Delight.  Webster's Dictionary defines delight as "to give pleasure to or be pleasing to." Another description of this word is "a strong feeling of happiness or satisfaction"

Simply put, delight means that when our ways are pleasing to the Father, it creates in us a satisfaction. Do we do it to receive from Him? No. Receiving from God is a gift because it is not something that is earned. If we find satisfaction in Him and Him alone, He not only gives us the desires of our heart, but He also becomes the desire of our heart. As our Father's creation, we were created to have desiree...but not of the things this world has to offer. He wants us to want Him. It is tempting to want to have a relationship, to further our career, or to do what we want to do. Wanting all of these things is not necessarily wrong, but when we go through life just doing what we want to do, excluding God from it, we are delighting in ourselves; we are turning into self pleasers. 

The Lord wants to be our delight. He longs for our attention. Oftentimes, we look at relationships as the ultimate source of satisfaction. I have done this, too.  I find that when I get to this place, I just get personal with God. I say, "Lord, I don't understand." Answering my cry, He responds "Do not focus on the heart of man. Focus on My heart." 

Ladies, focusing on God's heart is exactly what we should all try to do. Seek His heart and the things He wants from us- not just what we want from Him. In any relationship, there is give and take. When we take pleasure in the Lord, He gives us things in return that money cannot buy. 

Peace. Love. Joy. Gratefulness. Humility. And so much more. 

Let's get personal now. I am 31 years old and have never been in a relationship. Within our world, this is supposed to be unheard of. To me I'm still normal, but to the world I'm a weird outcast who is unwanted. What the world does not realize, though, is that I already know what love is without being in a relationship. I already know that I am fully loved unconditionally for all eternity. I don't need a ring on my finger to prove that. I am marked with God's love. I am marked because of the blood of Jesus shed for me. I used to envy women who would have relationships, but over the course of the last few years, I have realized this: they should envy my relationship with God. I have never been more full or satisfied from anyone aside from my Creator. No man could ever measure up to the true God of my life. His love has been proven. 

Maybe you are feeling a little bit depressed in your single-hood. Or, maybe feel that your life is on a hiatus. You may even feel that God is holding you back from your life. I want to encourage you to look at it this way: God is either sparing you from something you may regret or He is not holding you back at all. Maybe you are holding yourself back (I am preaching this to myself, too). 

Try thinking less about yourself, your wants and your needs and start thinking more about God's wants and needs from you. You may find yourself thinking less about what you do not have and more of what you do have. I am not saying any of this to make you feel like you are a bad, selfish person. I am just giving you a different perspective on how you may view your life. God is teaching me these things as I go through life. 

Man or woman, single or married/engaged/dating...you will always have needs. To expect that person to satisfy all of your needs is putting too much pressure on someone. If your significant other could meet all of your needs, why would we need God? He can do what man or woman cannot do. It says in His Word, "My God shall supply all of your needs." Do yourself a favor: Close your eyes and picture who God is to you. Talk to Him, ladies. He is always listening.

Do unto others what you want done to you. Watch what you say. Watch how you act. Is it pleasing to God?

Establish a prayer life. Even if it's for a few minutes a day. Just include God in that day. I find that I receive more freedom when I am more real with God in my prayers. 

Let Him have control of your hopes and dreams. Thoughts and goals. It is less pressure when you let go and let God take over.

In His presence there is fullness of joy. Put on a worship song. Close your eyes. Sing to Him even if there is no music. 

Get into the Word daily. Reading the Bible is like exercise. It might be a struggle when you first start. But when you finish, you feel more peace. You feel clarity. 

Hear what He is saying and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. You may find Him in a whole new way you never expected.

Trust in Him with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding. He knows best. Even if we do not.


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About the Author:

Mare is a a lover of God and seeker of truth. She is also a writer at heart and holds a desire to help women. Mare enjoys singing and is in pursuit of becoming a worship leader. She is also in the process of writing a book.

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