Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.—Psalm 37:4
God’s blessings are so rich and abundant that we must guard against loving Him merely for what He gives us. He Himself is to be the greatest passion of a believer’s life. And if this is true of us, then we will prioritize Him over possessions, vocation, and even other relationships.
Yet some people miss the true message of Psalm 37:4 because they focus only on the part that seems to say they can get what they want from God. It’s important to notice that the qualifying statement attached to that promise is devotion to Him: “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart” (emphasis added).
Although God “richly supplies us with all things to enjoy,” they should never supplant our delight in Him (1 Timothy 6:17). For instance, God has made it possible for me to travel and photograph some beautiful places, but I know that the key to enjoying life is to delight in Him above all else. God’s rightful place is as Lord of our life; to give anything else that position puts us at risk and dishonors Him.
The human heart is naturally selfish, and without God as top priority, we will likely pursue earthly goods and pleasures. But when He is our first love, those cravings are replaced by desires that fit His will and purpose for us.
Although David faced great tragedy and heartache, he understood that a heart devoted to the Lord also knows delight and blessing. Take David’s words to heart, and let the Lord become your top priority. You will discover that knowing Him is your greatest delight.
“I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.”— Isaiah 48:17 ESV
The verse above identifies two important things that the LORD our God does for us. If we grasp hold of them, we will learn something important about the LORD. If we grasp hold of them, our lives will go better. The LORD is the God who teaches us things that are important to know and the LORD is the God who leads us in the way that is important to follow.
First, the LORD our God teaches us things that are important to know. He teaches us to profit. The word “profit” in this context refers to that which is profitable to us; it refers to that which is a good investment for us. When we need to know what will work to our benefit and what will improve our lives for the better, it is the LORD God of heaven and earth that we should learn from.
Second, the LORD our God leads us in the way that is important to follow. He leads us in the way we should go. The “way we should go” in this context refers to the direction we should take in life; it refers to the moral standards that define how we should live our lives. When we need to find the proper pathway through life and the right thing to do, it is the LORD God of heaven and earth that we should follow.
The LORD our God knows what will be profitable for you and He knows the way you should go. If you are not too proud to listen to His teaching, and if you are not too stubborn to follow His lead, then your life will be better for it.
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.— Proverbs 28:26
We have a choice to make. We can trust the thinking of our own minds governed by our sinful selves, or we can walk in the wisdom born from minds governed by the Spirit of God. With the first option we get to do things our own way, but the end result is death. With the second option we must humbly submit to the leading of the Spirit, but the end result is life.
The choice is ours.
“But those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.”—Isaiah 40:31
“Wait for it!” How many times have you heard someone say this? It can have a two-fold meaning. You must wait for something exciting about to happen or your waiting involves, well, waiting. This second one is the area God works in.
When we’re required to wait for an answer to prayer or anything in life, it can be stressful not knowing the outcome. Why does it have to be stressful if you have complete faith in God to answer in His time?
There is a commercial on TV that says, “I want it all and I want it now.” That statement typifies the thinking of most of us today. We’ve become impatient if we don’t get things right away. We mumble to ourselves or in some cases even state out loud our dissatisfaction with having to wait.
If you completely trust God to take care of you, provide for you and protect you then why not do just that? Trust Him to answer your prayer according to His will and in His time for your life. Don’t try to get ahead of Him because when you do you will miss His many blessings in your life.
Therefore, “Wait for it” or in our case “Wait for Him.”