Since this is the second installment in the “delicious Bible” series, you may wish to check out the first page here.
Delight Yourself In The Lord
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Especially In a culture of consumerism, a person will often see the last part of the phrase as their primary motivation… “Receiving the desires of one’s heart.” And to tell you the truth, we all want to experience fulfilled desires. Perfectly normal.
To better understand the thought of Psalm 37:4, it’s helpful to use an example from a healthy interaction between a parent and child. Imagine the child in the picture is you child or grandchild. Feel the tenderness that passes invisibly between you. How does the warmth of that emotion affect you?
One time I was praying and I saw an inner picture of a small child kissing its father on the cheek. I asked the Lord what the vision meant. He said, “That’s how I feel when you come sincerely to me.”
Here’s where this verse of the Bible gets more delicious. You see, the Hebrew word translated delight is a bit different than the English idea. When I originally read that verse I thought of delight in terms of a concept. To me it sounded like the Psalmist was saying, “Be pleasing to the Lord and He’ll give you your desires.” That isn’t totally wrong except be pleasing is still a concept and sounds a lot like the sermons where you end up feeling guilty about this or that bad behavior and if you try harder you’ll get more prayers answered.
Be Like A Tenderhearted Child
Once I saw that the original Hebrew word for delight meant to be soft, delicate, or tender, I could imagine, ponder, and look deeply at the picture of a child being tenderhearted with their parents. I imagined my own reactions to my children when they were tenderhearted vs. when they were obstinate. It was easy to feel the difference in emotion and response toward them on my part.
Tenderness absolutely drew a “giving” response from my heart. It’s true that I loved them all the time. But, you and I both know there’s a difference in how one makes you feel over the other. Imagine arms lifted in tenderness toward you. Then imagine reaching down to pick up your child and they respond with a cold, “no!”
“Be tenderhearted, soft, and pliable with the Lord, as your Father. It will delight His heart and bring about a tenderhearted response toward you.”
(Delicious Bible Continued)…