Delight In The Lord

Yellow Wildflower Psalm37-4 WM

 

“Delight in God has a transforming power, and it lifts a man above the gross desires of our fallen nature.  Delight in Jehovah is not only sweet in itself, but it sweetens the whole soul, till the longings of the heart become such that the Lord can safely promise to fulfill them.  Is not that a grand delight which moulds our desires till they are like the desires of God?

Our foolish way is to desire, and then set to work to compass what we desire.  We do not go to work in God’s way, which is to seek Him first, and then expect all things to be added unto us.  If we will let our heart be filled with God till it runs over with delight, then the Lord Himself will take care that we shall not want any good thing.  Instead of going abroad for joys let us stay at home with God, and drink waters out of our own fountain.  He can do for us far more than all our friends.  It is better to be content with God alone than to go about fretting and pining for the paltry trifles of time and sense.  For a while we may have disappointments; but if these bring us nearer to the Lord, they are things to be prized exceedingly, for they will in the end secure to us the fulfillment of all our right desires.”

Excerpt from “Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith” by Charles H. Spurgeon

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7 thoughts on “Delight In The Lord

  1. Just what I needed today!
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    I am always encouraged by everything I read from Spurgeon and this is no exception.
    Psalm 37 is one of my favorite psalms and I believe that Spurgeon really gets to the heart of this verse.
    I think that this verse is often abused by those who would blithely seize upon it out if its context and vainly interpret the word as saying “When you delight yourself in God he is then obligated by His word to grant whatever you wish for.” This is the same faulty reasoning that is used to interpret such passages as John 14:13- (see also John 15:7,16,16:23 etc.) Of these passages Pastor Allen has aptly dealt with and I believe a similar exegetical method should be utilized here.
    I agree with Spurgeon that it should be interpreted along these lines- that is, when we delight in God our desires will be come elevated and conformed to His-God’s desires will become ours!
    In Psalm 40:8 we read the following: “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
    This is a psalm written by David as its human author but also by Christ who is speaking through His servant and type David. Here in this verse we see that our Lord delights to do His Father’s will and as we are molded into the image of Christ we will delight to His will as well!
    “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”
    Psalm 27:4

    • Ah, indeed John!
      Spurgeon has long been one of the most influential reformers in my life, and I am continually blessed by his writings. He has such a way of writing that is humble and so convicting, and is not afraid to speak the truth in love…..even if it is hard truths.

      Your comments to my post were very encouraging to read, and I thank you so very much for sharing them. I whole heartedly agree!!! Yes Pastor Allen’s sermons do ring in this subject! (I have greatly been enjoying his sermons through the book of John this year)

      Who are we to think that Christ owes us ANYTHING as they would stem from fleshy desires, and not desires in His likeness without His saving grace and mercy!?

      “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one……For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

      ~Romans 3:10-12, 23~

      “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
      Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
      ~Ephesians 2:8-10~

      We are so apt to think we are owed something, when it is us who owe our Lord and Savior EVERYTHING and are daily in need of nothing but Christ….more and more of Christ every day we live and give Him all the glory!

      What an undeserved blessing we can find peace, joy, and full delight in One so Holy and Precious as our dear Savior!

      Praying your family is well, and have a blessed weekend brother! 🙂

  2. So beautiful Antoinette and what a wonderful reminder in the devotional! Thank you for this little gift of beauty and encouragement! Blessings and love to you and your family! ~Mrs. Alexander

    • It is my pleasure Mrs. Alexander to be able to share these beautiful truths the Lord brings upon my heart to share with you, and capture a small portion of God’s awesome creation through photography to complement it!!! *grins*

      Blessings to you and yours,

      Miss Antoinette

      PS. I think a visit (either way) is in order….It has been too long!!!

    • Thank you so much for the sweet and thoughtful Thanksgiving wishes dear friend!
      Mother is continually doing better! I hope to send you an email soon with some updates on our family! We have been keeping VERY busy!

      Praying all is well with you, James, and the family!
      I pray for you often, and miss cleaning your home and those sweet times of fellowship.

      Sending much love and blessings in Christ,

      Miss Antoinette

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