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Daily Devotion

Psalm 37:4

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Psalm 37:4

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

EXHORTATION:

The exhortation given to us in Psalm 37:4 is to seek our happiness nowhere else but in the LORD – “Delight thyself also in the LORD”. Our best delight is in the LORD and Him alone. The worldly delights are vain and deceitful, for they teach us to despise the LORD and His holiness. It will be an utter waste of time to chase after the fickle joys of the world. The genuine, lasting happiness is in the LORD.

Hence, we must learn to delight ourselves in the LORD and in all that He is – in all His attributes, in all His works, and in all that He commands and promises us. Contemplate on all that the LORD affords you in Christ, such as salvation, spiritual blessings and His innumerable help and provisions. Think of His love and compassion for you.

The great fact about a life that is lost in admiration of the LORD is that it will overflow with happiness and joy. Everyone who loves the LORD with all his heart, shall find that “Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place” (1 Chronicles 16:27). The life of the one who delights in the LORD shall overflow with the grace and glory of the LORD. None who earnestly seeks his joy in the LORD shall be disappointed. In Psalm 16:11, David confessed before the LORD, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

The life of every believer is expected to be a delight in God. You are created and redeemed to enjoy God forever. So, seek all your joys in the truths and works of God. Expect all your happiness from Him and you shall not be disappointed, for the promise in our text is: “and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

This is not a promise to gratify all the fleshly desires, but to grant all the desires of the heart which delights itself in the LORD. It is the cravings of a godly soul that He promises to fulfil. What are the desires of such a heart? Without a doubt, it is to know, love and live for God. No greater desire fills the heart of a pious and godly man than to please the LORD and to find all his pleasures in the LORD. Let us, like David, say unto the LORD, “there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee” (Psalm 73:25).