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A Disciple Who Delights

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.” – Psalm 37:4-8

Many people say, “I do not have personal time with God now on a daily basis and things seem to be going well in my life. I know Christ and follow Him. I am forgiven, and I do well in school.” That may be true, but let’s ask the question. What will happen to you that is not happening now if you start having personal private time with the Lord? What could you be missing out on? We know that a disciple is one who delights him/herself in the Lord.

Let’s allow David to answer that question today for us. David was a man that was busier than all of us. He was the one who was governing the most powerful nation in the world; He knew what it was like to be slammed 24/7, yet he always took time for worship and prayer. In Psalm 37, he shows us why spending time with God in personal, private worship and prayer must be a priority in our lives.

There Are 4 Things God Promises Those Who Take Time for Private Worship and Prayer:

1. Spending time with God causes me to reflect God’s character.

Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Let’s state the obvious. You cant delight yourself in someone or something you do not know. “To delight” means to take pleasure in. God doesn’t say delight yourself in marriage, in your spouse, in your school, in your money, in your house, or even your family. He says to delight yourself in the Lord. There is no more important relationship in life than your relationship with God. Nothing should take priority over that. Here is why. The better relationship you have with God, the better relationships you will have with others. It is true that the more time you spend with someone, the more you become like them. The more time you spend with God, the more you become like God. You begin to take on His character and start thinking like He thinks. Then, the more of God you become like, the more favorably people will respond to the God that lives in you. This is why it is so vital to spend time with God.

The more time I spend with God, the more God changes me. The more God changes me for the better, the better chance I have to change others for the better. Merv Griffin, the man who invented Jeopardy, had a popular talk show. One day he invited Charlton Heston, the man who played Moses in the Ten Commandments, onto his show. He asked him the question, “Charlton, you’ve played lots of religious characters in your lifetime of filming. What character did you play that really changed your spiritual outlook?” He replied, “Definitely Moses.” Merv asked, “Why did Moses so radically change your spiritual outlook?” Heston responded, “You can’t walk barefoot up Mount Sinai, spend forty days alone with God and be the same person when you go back down.” He is right. You can’t take time out of your daily schedule, spend time alone with God, do it day by day, week by week, and then be the same person. You begin to reflect His character. This is why a disciple looks like his/her master.

2. Spending time with God allows me to receive God’s blessing.

It is so important to note in Psalm 37:4 that delight comes before the desire! That verse does not mean that we go to the Lord with a smile and tell Him, “I delight in You, now give me this.” Here is the key. When you delight yourself in the Lord, your desire will be His desire and when your desire is His desire, He will give you your desire because it’s really His desire. I have learned that when you put God first, you really put yourself first because you have been created for your life to revolve around Him.

Three types of desires: 1) selfish desires – those things that we want when we want them. We often get them and it doesn’t work out, and then we blame God. 2) Satanic desires – temptations in our lives. 3) sanctified desires – God will not listen to selfish desires and Satanic desires, but He will listen to sanctified desires. God says, “When your number one desire is my number one desire, then I will give it to you.” Every day you should go to the Lord and say, “Lord what is the desire of your heart for my heart? What is it that you want me to want?”

When you want what God wants, God will always give you more than you want. In 1 Kings 3, God did something unique in Solomon’s life that He had never done before. God approached Solomon in a dream and told him to ask of Himself anything that he wanted and God would give it to him. Now, in our modern context, the majority of us would ask for fame, power, or influence. But Solomon didn’t ask for any of those things. He asked for wisdom, and God said that he had asked well. In other words, Solomon asked for the very thing that God would have given him if he asked first. And then what else did Solomon receive later? He received wealth, fame, power, and fortune. When you come to the point where you say, “God I no longer want what I want. I want what you want,” then God says, “I will give you more than you want.” God does not want what is good for you; God wants what is best for you! So when I spend time with God, I put myself in a position to receive God’s blessings.

It would be infinitely unwise and unsafe for Him to give you your desires if you do not delight in Him. The reason so many of our prayers do not prevail is because we have so much dissatisfaction in God. One who delights in Him has no will of their own. One who delights in God will postpone everything else that prevents them from open face communion with God.

3.   Spending time with God moves me to rely on God’s power.

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.” – Ps. 37:5

The word commit means to roll over; to take the burden you can’t carry and roll it over to someone else. If you commit your way to the Lord (every part of your life, your job, finances, emotions, relationships, etc.), He will do it. What is “it”? He will do whatever is best for you. Here is the question: in every part of your life, do you want your way or do you want God’s way?

God is not concerned in what you can bring to pass in your life. What God cares about is what He can bring to pass in your life. Here is the principle: the things that God wants you to do for Him are the things that only He can do through you!

The boiling point of water is 212 degrees Fahrenheit. 211 degrees Fahrenheit is just hot water. Just one degree more can make the difference between very hot water and a bubbling cauldron of tremendous power. One degree can create enough power to fuel steam engines hundreds of miles at 70 mph. That is the result of one tiny degree. We must understand that without God and prayer, we will always be a degree short of accomplishing what He could have accomplished in our lives!

The greatest thing you can do with your plans, job, school, hopes, and life is to commit them to the Lord; roll it all over to Him and walk away from it. Doing so will take things up the one magical degree! The central problem of our generation is that the world looks upon us and sees that we are trying to the Lord’s work in the power of the flesh. We must be wholly dependent upon Him and His Spirit.

4.   Spending time with God teaches me to rest in God’s will.

In the first eight verses of Psalm 37, the phrase “do not fret” appears three times. The Hebrew word for “fret” means “to burn.” In other words, do not allow things in your life to get you all hot and bothered. If you want to lower your stress level, spend time with Him. Prayer is the place where burdens change shoulders. One of the most powerful benefits of prayer is that prayer teaches you to replace worry in what you can’t handle with the One who can handle anything you are worried about. We fret and worry and are hot and bothered because we do not spend time with Him.

We are all busy, yet nothing can take priority over our relationship with Him. Our desire to be with Him must take supremacy over every other desire. When we make excuses for not communing with Him, we have lost our delight in Him. Corrie ten Boom once said, “When Christians have meetings, the devil smiles. When Christians make great plans, the devil laughs. When Christians pray, the devil trembles.”