February 14th, 2018 — IGNITE

Psalm 37:4-4 says, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit you way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.”

Taking delight in the Lord means that our hearts truly find peace and fulfillment in Him. If we truly find satisfaction and worth in Christ, Scripture says He will give us the longings of our hearts. Does that mean, if we go to church every Sunday, God will give us a new BMW? No. The idea behind this verse and others like it is that, when we truly rejoice or “delight” in the eternal things of God, our desires will begin to parallel His desires and we will never go unfulfilled. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things [the necessities of life] will be added to you.”

Many people in our world today delight in wealth, status, material possessions, and other temporary things of this world, but they’re never satisfied. They never truly get what they want, that’s the reason they’re always wanting more. Our society not only wants more, but is constantly demanding more. This is the lesson King Solomon learned in his pursuit of earthly treasure: “Everything is meaningless!” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). On the other hand, delighting in the Lord is true treasure indeed: “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).

1 John 2:15–17 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

We’ll never be deeply fulfilled or “happy” with the things this world has to offer. If we place our joy and hope in God first, He’ll meet all of our needs. He’ll even grant our wants, as our hearts’ desires begin to match up with His will. If we truly place priority on the Lord, chances are our heart’s greatest desire will not be a brand new BMW, but eternal treasures in Christ.

Here my word of encouragement for you today: This world can never satisfy our deepest longings, but if we choose to delight in God’s way, He will always provide above and beyond our expectations. Jesus said, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).

Today I’m going to delight myself in You… I’m going to commit my life to You… I’m going to trust You, because I know You have a plan and purpose for my life. In Jesus name I pray this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen