No Desires, No Delighting

Have you ever felt like you didn’t care about anything. You were tired, exhuasted, and you feel like you are just on the neverending hamster wheel of life. At it’s very core, you don’t want anything. You have no desire for anything in particular.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been there. I’ve been to the place when I find delight in absolutely nothing. Food is bland, activities are boring, successes are empty, and I’m just¬† . . .¬† existing.

I read a verse yesterday that impressed on me in a new way. Psalm 37:4-5 has always been a favorite passage of mine, but this time it helped me with a whole ‘nother perspective.

Verse 4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

Notice it does not say He will fulfill the desires of your heart, but that He will give them to you. Later on the passage tells us God brings those desires to pass after you trust and commit to Him.

This verse communiates so strongly- God doesn’t want you to be apathetic. He doesn’t want you to go through life not caring about anything. I would pose the idea to you that He wants you to enjoy life, enjoy His blessings, have hobbies and interests.

The latest idea i took away from this verse was that, If you find yourself not caring about anything, then you most likely have not been delighting in God. When you delight in God, He gives you the desire for things. And He does this so He can show His goodness and glorify Himself, by fulfilling them for His faithful servants.

So have you felt lethargic and uncaring for the things in life lately?

Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate how much you’ve been delighting in God.

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Better than the fat of rams . . .

In the Old testament, God gave a command to Saul. He told Him to destroy a certain group of wicked people. God also wanted their animals destroyed also. When Saul went up to battle, he did not obey what God had commanded. Saul saved the king and some of the animals. When Samuel challenged king Saul, Saul said that he had saved the animals for sacrifices.

"And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22. Saul was in the wrong, because he had disobeyed.

We may look at Saul and be like, well obviously you shouldn’t have done that. I mean, how would Saul think that God would be happy with his disobedience, but sometimes in our Christian life, many of us do the same thing.

You see, God has given very specific commands. He wants us to do certain things. But sometimes, we think, "Well, if I told the truth, then something bad would happen." So we tell a lie, in order to do "right." Or, we may intentionally do something wrong, so something "good" can com out of it. God isn’t interested in his children offering Him things out of disobedience. God wants our love, respect, and obedience.

I would challenge you, obey God no matter what. Don’t try to serve God by disobeying Him. God isn’t interested in disobedience. God wants His servants obey. Have faith that God had some wisdom when He gave His commands, and obey them. When you do, you will please God.

"Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God: " – Jeremiah 11:4b

Joy: God’s Provision- Our Strength

Can you honestly say that you have joy in your life? There are many Christians who try to do good, and work to have right attitudes, but honestly, they are miserable. They are doing right things, but they aren’t enjoying life. God wants us to have joy. He wants us to enjoy life. He wants us to delight in serving Him.

In Galatians 5:22, joy is listed as a fruit of the Spirit. If the Spirit is active in our life we will have joy. Joy is more than just being happy. Joy is a persistent attitude in our life despite our circumstances. In Nehemiah 8:10, we are told that, "The joy of the LORD is your strength." If we are cast down in our souls then we are living in weakness. The joy of the Lord is our strength. That is joy that comes from the Lord. We must be in fellowship with Him to receive His joy.

If you find yourself absolutely dejected, if you find yourself regularly dreading certain parts of your day or week, then I would challenge you to examine your walk with God.

Are you allowing the Spirit of God to work in your heart? Are you dwelling in God’s presence? Or have you forgotten to live in remembrance of your Father above? If you have been living in anything less than God’s joy, I would encourage you to ask God to help you. It doesn’t matter what your life looks like. What matters is how much you have been communing with the God who died to save you.

When your relationship with God is right, you can rejoice despite your circumstances like Habakkuk did when he said,

"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit bein the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation." – Habakkuk 3:17-18

Delight, Commit, Trust

In this post I would like to share with you a passage of scripture which God has used in my life tremendously. In these verses, the psalmist describes a process by which God works in us and blesses us. The verses are found in Psalm 37:4-5, "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." In this post I would like to share a quick overview of these verses. This is by now means an extensive study, in fact, I would like to encourage you to study and meditate on these verses for a few days. You will be surprised how much God can use them to transform your thinking.

This passage tells us that we must delight in the Lord. He must be our first pursuit. We must make Him the purpose in our life. He alone should be what we find our joy in. When we get to know Him more, we will see how worthy He is.

If we make Christ our delight, he will give us the desires of our heart. The scripture does not say that God will give us whatever we want, but instead, that God will give us the desires He wants us to have. God will transform our value system so that we place value on and desire the proper things.

The second thing this passage tells us to do is to commit our way. Christ wants us to give ourselves completely to Him. We must make a commitment to walk in His precepts and follow His will. We must be dedicated to the things of God. Our path should not stray from His will.

Third, we must trust Him. God tells us that without faith it is impossible to please Him. If we truly want to please our Father we must commit ourselves to Him and ask Him to teach us to put our faith in Him. This is a work that He alone can do, but we must ask Him to do it.

So in conclusion, I would like to challenge you, Delight in God. Make Him your first pursuit. Ask God to teach you to be faithful to Him. And lastly, endeavor to trust Him. What will happen as a result? God will make all those desires He gave us come to pass. I have seen God use this passage again and again in my life and I’m sure if you dedicate yourself to living our the principles found here, you will find yourself a most contented Christian!

Look at the desire God placed into the heart of the psalmist. I’m sure God brought it to past.

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. – Psalm 27:4