Pleased with God, or enjoying him?

by Norm Miller

“Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart” — Psalm 37.4 (NASB).

This familiar passage is the favorite of many God-fearing believers. Sometimes, however, mammon mongers posing as televangelists cite only the latter half of the verse, hoping to sate their materialism by prostituting the truths of God. But, there’s a prerequisite to realizing the desires of our hearts, and that’s to delight ourselves in the Lord.

What Christian isn’t delighted with what God has done? — the beauty of creation, the bliss of marriage, the joy of grandchildren. And, of course, the birth, death, burial, resurrection and salvation of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Yes, we are delighted with what the Lord has done. But, are we delighted IN Him? You know, it’s one thing to be delighted WITH the new pool in your backyard, and it’s another to be delighted IN it. It’s one thing to observe and another to experience.

It’s fine to be delighted with what God has done. But let those things serve as appetizers to the full meal. Quit looking at the menu and order yourself a plateful of what God has for you. Don’t just spend time WITH God, spend time IN God. If that new pool in your backyard represented God, then don’t just admire the pool, jump on in. Splash around, float on your back, swim a few laps.

When you approach God in this manner — to live IN Him — you will soon realize that the deepest desire of your heart is to be in God. Yes, the desire of your heart will be to delight yourself in the Lord. God knew that about you all along. That’s why He said, “Delight yourself in Me, and I will give you the desires of your heart.”