Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:3-4 (ESV)
What do you think of when you hear the word “delight”? For me, it conjures up images of happy children – joyous and laughing, cheerful and smiling, carefree in their raucous celebration. Kids secure in the love and care they are given.
Without a worry.
Without a care.
They trust without hesitation.
They are free to be. Free to explore and experience and experiment. Free of the tethers that hold we grown-ups so tightly. They haven’t had time to become jaded, eroded by the ups and downs of life.
I picture these kids in my mind and I think this is, in a sense, how we are supposed to be. Not immature. Childlike, but not childish. Curious about the world God has given us. Joyous and secure in our Father’s love. Lavishing the embrace of God’s grace, so much so that our sinful wants melt away and are replaced by the desires The Lord has given us.
Not concerned about feathering our own nests as much as helping others.
Not worried about what someone else might think but seeking God first.
Not held back by past experience but free to realize that nothing – nothing – is impossible with God.
Not imprisoned in the past, but delighting in God in the here and now, with an awareness of a vastly more amazing eternal future to come.
Seek God first. Rest in Him. Delight in His ways and He will change and free you so much that your very desires become His desires. Can there be a better way to live?