Wednesday, March 27

Delight

Scripture: Deuteronomy 19-20, Psalm 37, Matthew 19

Psalm 37:1–4 

1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers; 

be not envious of wrongdoers! 

2 For they will soon fade like the grass 

and wither like the green herb. 

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; 

dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 

4 Delight yourself in the Lord, 

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Observation

Psalm 37 is an acrostic psalm; each stanza begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet—so v. 1 begins with alef (A), v. 3 with bet (B), and so on. The psalm gives many practical ways to live with God, with a particular emphasis on not fretting about “evildoers”: 

      • Fret not because of evildoers.
      • Trust in the Lord and do good.
      • Delight in the Lord.
      • Commit your way to the Lord.
      • Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
      • Refrain from anger…and fret not (again). 

And so on…

Rather than fretting (worrying) about evildoers, we are called to trust in the Lord, do good and delight in the Lord. And the promise is that God will give us the desires of our heart. This could mean that He gives us what we want, or that He gives us the right desires—either one would be good! 

Application

Two things.

First, I had a disturbing encounter yesterday with someone who wanted to scam me. I was upset afterwards—so this first verse spoke to me this morning. Don’t worry. God’s got this. It gave me peace, and enabled me to pray for this person as I should. That was good. Thank you Lord.

Second, I love the promise in verse 4 and I wonder what it means to delight in the Lord. Several recent experiences came to mind.

      • This week, the Zags men and women won their games and are going to the Sweet Sixteen. I was delighted and got great joy not only watching the games but the celebration after. Delightful!
      • Last week I got to play golf when it was sunny and 70. Everyone in my group kept commenting on being out in such glorious weather in mid-March. Delightful!
      • A few weeks ago, I was with some old friends and we all commented on what a joy it was to be together. Delightful!
      • Laina and I often say to one another how much we love each other and love being together. Delightful!

Each of these experiences brought joy and delight. Each of them is a gift from God, and so can be part of “delighting in the Lord”—enjoying the life He gave me, provided I remember it’s all a gift from Him. And then there is the simple act of delighting in Him for who He is—knowing Him, enjoying His faithfulness, goodness and love. Taking time to reflect and give thanks and worship—with joy and delight. 

Prayer: Lord, I’m going to delight in You all day—see every good thing as a gift from Your hand and give You thanks; rejoice in Your goodness; delight in You and in the life You’ve given me.