“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalms 37:4).
Delight (Heb.): Chephets (Khay-fets): Pleasure, desire, a valuable matter of the mind
There are valuable matters of our minds upon which we set our hearts, that occupy our thoughts continually, upon which we meditate day and night, and inevitably upon which we act.
The Psalmist exhorts us to “delight yourself in the Lord”! In another Psalm it is written:
“Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the Law of the Lord, and in His Law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2).
Examining our delights is a very good exercise to determine what is foremost in our hearts and minds. What occupies first place? What is uppermost in our meditations? Where do our affections lean? It is convicting sometimes when we become aware that the time and space in our lives that we are giving to the Lord is in serious competition with other things and suffers from other preoccupations.
Delighting in the Lord is a discipline to which we can all give more heed. Perhaps there are things of which we must let go altogether as they are a hindrance to our calling and purpose in our lives before the Lord.
It is good to remember that the exhortation of the Psalmist to “delight yourself in the Lord” comes with a promise “and He shall give you the desires of your heart”. God is ever the faithful One to keep the promises made in His Word and to reward those who “delight to do His will” (cf. Psalm 40:8).
Delight is also spoken of in the Scriptures as something that is in the heart of God toward the Son and toward the Saints.
“Let him that glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, judgment and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:24).
The Lord delights in us as we commune with Him and begin to understand His ways, as we grow in our knowledge of Him and delight to do His will and fulfill His purpose for us; that to which we have been called.
The Lord certainly also has great delight in the Son as written in the Gospel of Matthew: “And lo a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased'” (Matthew 3:17).
Whether from the Lord or from the Saints, my delight is a wondrous thought, so full of pleasure, desire and of great value. May we, as saints continuously find our delight in Him, the “desire of all nations” (cf. Haggai 2:7); and may we all exclaim with pure joy and pleasure as we meditate upon Him and behold His Face: “My delight”!