What does it mean to delight and what does it teach us about how to approach this year? Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

I finally have my verse for the year:

Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Let me explain. Each year, the Holy Spirit gives me a verse that will define my year, it is a guiding campus to how I need to approach the year and each day that rolls by, I get to understand what the verse means and how it applies in my life.

Last year, the verse was:

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

This verse was so life changing for me simply because, in 2019, every success, every win and every blessing I would experience would come with no sorrow, pain or regret attached to it. Often times we are raised with the idea that all good things come with a trade off, in order to have one good thing, we must give up another. Its as if, you can never have it all.

The man who loves his family can never have a successful career because great work comes at the expense of great sacrifice i.e. family. The foodie must either eat junk and be unfit or eat boring food and be the healthiest person alive. We are taught that the foundation for good is grief. I had grown up with that mentality and God was teaching me to trust in His goodness and His ability to give me good as it is; good.

I traveled (it has always being my dream to travel frequently) a lot in 2019, even overseas and I hardly paid for any of it. I am in a wonderful relationship and I, nor my girlfriend are weighed down by the baggage of the past or the conventions of how a relationship should be. I love my job and I do so well in it and it is not at the expense of my health, peace or integrity. I have never thrown anyone under the bus to advance my career or felt the need to prove my competency. 2019 was a year of experiencing blessings that came with no sorrow and blessings that enriched me in all aspects of my life. I am grateful for a God who meets me at my level and gently teaches me to rise up to His level.

Enough about 2019, my focus now is on 2020, #20Plenty as some pastors have probably coined it.

Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

I have read this verse many times but today I decided to dive into it to make sure I understand it fully. I was curious to know what the formal definition of delight was, so I opened the dictionary

Delight (verb) take great pleasure in (noun) something or someone that gives great pleasuresatisfaction, or happiness

Ok, what about pleasure, what does pleasure mean?

Pleasure (noun) a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience, a feeling of enjoyment or satisfaction, or something that produces this feeling

Uhm, satisfaction?

Satisfaction (noun) a pleasant feeling that you get when you receive something you wanted, or when you have done something you wanted to do

I would look up the word pleasant but then, this post would just be the extension of a dictionary. I found it so fascinating that the word pleasure did not have sex as it’s definition. For some reason that is the only context I had ever though of the word in. This formal definition really changed my outlook. The verse says I need to delight in the Lord, meaning, I need to take great pleasure in Him. oddly enough, the only way to delight in Him is to first desire Him.

And that is when it dawned on me; you can never have great pleasure in something you do not first desire. I am realizing more and more that when it comes to the things of God, desire comes before pleasure. Going back to last year, I first had to believe that God truly wants to bless me before I can receive that blessing in my life.

Looking at it now, I have always wanted to first feel like worshipping God before I did, I have always wanted to first feel like praying before I started praying. God is teaching me that, rather than acting on my feelings, I need to choose what I desire so that my feelings align with that. For this year, I choose to desire Him, to delight in Him, to find my pleasure in Him, knowing fully well that satisfaction is found in Him.

And what does desire mean?

Desire (verb) to want something strongly

How strongly do I want to delight in Him?

Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

What do you think?

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