Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Until today – just now actually – I’ve always been focused on the second half of that verse.

“he will give you your heart’s desires”

I’ve been waiting and pleading with God to fulfill those desires.  As I was reading tonight, God revealed to me that the first half is more important.  And that I’m terrible at it.  I always am running to the Lord when I have problems or when I have a bad day, but I always seem to forget to run to Him when I have good days.  I seem to neglect thanking him for the good times.  I seem to forget that he is my loving Father and nothing I can ever do will change that fact.

There was a 6-hour prayer and worship burn at Adventures on Friday night.  It was really good.  The spirit was moving – even from the tech booth.  Right when I started to get tired and wanted the thing to end, a friend walked over to me and laid his hand on my shoulder and said, “Jesus told me that I should come and remind you that you are His son“.  That was all.  It was perfect timing and right on.  Exactly what I needed to hear.

Take delight in the Lord.

What the heck does that mean?  To me, it means finding my worth and fulfillment in Him.  Finding my happiness in Him.  It doesn’t matter what my circumstance is, or what so-and-so said about me yesterday, or what the cute server at Chili’s thinks about my hair.  If I delight in the Lord, he will give me the desires of my heart.  That’s huge.  Some of you know the desires of my heart (if you don’t, feel free to ask), but before God gives me those things, He’s trying to teach me to delight in Him.

I’m not sure what it looks like yet, but the first step is to seek Him – hard, and to really grasp and embrace sonship.  Through pursuit of Him, he will teach me and show me how to pursue the desires of my heart with His blessing.  When I delight in Him, he will fulfill me and satisfy me completely.