Psalm 37:4-7 NIV
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
There’s not much in the news as of late that brings any resemblance of “delight” to my heart. I did watch some Mall Christmas flash mob choirs sing Christmas carols which always warms my heart. There is something definitely beautiful that happens within me when I see God’s creation come together in song with the beauty of their blended voices, singing praises to our God, especially in commemoration of the birth of Jesus. I love seeing the joy that comes to the faces of those who are listening and singing, and seeing the wonder of the birth and majesty of our Lord declared openly to all.
The Hallelujah Chorus below is one of my all time favourites.
It’s amazing that our God gave us the gift and capability of being able to join our voices together in song, with all the depths and differences blended together. I can’t help but believe that we “haven’t seen nothing yet” because when we are all together with God in heaven you just know we’ll be singing His praises. What a choir that will be!
The word “delight” has so many connotations for me, if means the earnest desire of my heart, to be free of my sinful nature at last, to have nothing, absolutely nothing impede my worship and adoration of our God. Oh I have tasted but there is so much more to come. I get excited just thinking about it! There is such a beauty and majesty associated with our God that we only see dimly now.
The word “delight” also brings to my mind and heart the wonder of our God coming down to His creation in the person of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. That He would actually walk among us, tell us of our Father and open our understanding to the beauty of His ways. That our Father and Jesus would demonstrate their love for us so much that Jesus would do for us what we of ourselves could not possibly do, and give His life through a cruel cruel death, as a ransom for many, so that we might be at one with Him, now and for all eternity. Truly the birth of the baby Jesus must have been a wondrous sight. And of course we saw the power of God’s Holy Spirit working through Jesus, without measure, making whole what which had been torn asunder, testifying to His intent towards us all. And then there is the resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, where God’s plan is plainly unfolded and His Holy Spirit demonstrates that our physical death has lost it’s power over us all through Jesus being made alive again. The “first fruits“, just a foretaste of what yet is to come.
In the Psalm above I can’t help but notice that it is our part to trust and His part to bring about. If that isn’t the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I don’t know what is. But to trust means to really trust, to really believe, to really have that faith engrained within us to our very core, relying on Him to bring about that which He has declared. And our righteousness is not of ourselves but in and of Him who obeyed and perfectly followed the commandments and will of the Father. He, Jesus, is our righteousness and we shall share in His glory.
And my “delight” is to wait on the Lord, to be still in His presence and to know that what He has begun in me, He will bring to completion, as He will do for all of us who trust in Him. And our delight is not to fret, not to allow those things that are happening around us to consume us, but to trust that what God has declared will happen, will indeed happen.
And lastly, I will delight in the joy and diversity and humour that I see in my fellow brothers and sisters, who lift me and others up and bring joy to my heart. There is a goodness and wholeness that springs forth from the hearts of others who delight in the Lord. How can you not be thankful to our God who shows of Himself through His Spirit who also lives within others who believe.
Yes, I will delight in the Lord!
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!