Important Ways to Take Delight in the Lord

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What does it mean to "delight in the Lord?" We're taking a closer look at how delighting in God leads to being blessed with the desires of our hearts.

What does it mean to take “delight” in the Lord?

David wrote…

Take delight in the Lord,
    and He will give you your heart’s desires.

Psalm 37:4

The Life Application Bible notes say…

“To delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in his or her presence.”

And I found the following synonyms for the word “delight.”

  • Enjoyment
  • Contentment
  • Happiness
  • Pleasure
  • Satisfaction

When is the last time you experienced great pleasure just sitting in the Lord’s presence? Or it pleased you just to follow God’s will?

How often do you pause with contentment because He calls you His child? Or have you found Him to be the source of your total satisfaction?

So, I’m taking time today to ask . . . do we really “delight” in the Lord?

We like to focus on the second half of Psalm 37:4, the “He will give you your heart’s desire” part. But what we often forget is that it’s when we delight in Him—when He is our source of joy, contentment, peace, and happiness . . . it is His will for us that becomes our heart’s desire.

David went on to add the following…

Commit everything you do to the Lord. v. 5
Trust Him. v. 5
Be still in His presence. v. 7
Wait patiently for Him to act. v. 7
Don’t worry. v. 7
Stop being angry. v. 8
Put your hope in the Lord. v. 34

Psalm 37 addresses our tendency to look around with frustration because people who aren’t followers of Jesus or who don’t seem to “delight in the Lord” appear to be achieving or getting the very things we desire.

But through His Word, the Lord tells us to remain focused on Him and let Him deal with wickedness. It may take time, but aren’t we thankful that God does not act with swift retribution in response to our sinfulness?

So, let’s focus on ways we can take delight in the Lord. Let’s commit every area of our lives to Him . . . our health, our families, our careers, our possessions. Let’s invite Him to have authority over all of it and follow Him along the path He wills. Let’s completely trust His love and rest in His care.

Let’s take delight in the Lord and make Him our heart’s desire.

Because delighting in Him is the perfect response to His unfailing love and faithfulness…

For the Lord your God is living among you.
    He is a mighty Savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With His love, He will calm all your fears.
    He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Zephaniah 3:16
What does it mean to "delight in the Lord?" We're taking a closer look at how delighting in God leads to being blessed with the desires of our hearts.

Let’s pray…

A Prayer to Faithfully Take Delight in the Lord

Father, You are so very good and gracious. You faithfully provide for us each day. And through Jesus, You made it possible for us to be provided for eternally. You saved us from our sins. You gave us a treasure we don’t deserve and one could never earn. We praise You.

I want to intentionally find my “delight” in you every day of my life. I want to fully trust You and commit everything I do to You . . . purposefully living in ways that give you glory. Please prompt me by the power of Your Spirit to pause, breathe, and find my contentment in Your presence. It’s so easy for me to hurry through the day trying to do it on my own failing to remember that You are always with me.

You promise that it is in Your presence that I will have everything I need to be patient when You ask me to wait. I will have what I need to stop worrying about the future. I will be able to humbly surrender the things that upset and anger me to Your loving care. And by Your grace, I will not give in to discouragement because my hope is in You, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:5)

You are my Savior and because of Your love, I am able to live with contentment, satisfaction, and peace. I delight in You. Amen.

What does it mean to "delight in the Lord?" We're taking a closer look at how delighting in God leads to being blessed with the desires of our hearts.

Do you ever worry about being alone? Maybe you’re struggling with loneliness right now.

David wrote…

The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
    He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
    for the Lord holds them by the hand.

Psalm 37:24

Our God is with us. He delights in us. He is loving and forgiving . . . though we stumble, with His help, we will always be held by His victorious right hand.

Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

This is the screensaver on my phone right now. It’s a constant reminder that God is who He says He is and that He keeps His promises. Promises to strengthen us and hold us up.

So, take delight in Him. He is the source of contentment and satisfaction. And He is everything we need when He is our heart’s desire.

May God bless you and may He be your delight and the desire of your heart.

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  1. Hi Deb! I so enjoy your blog and this prayer hits me at my very core. It’s one I needed this morning and will keep to pray over and over.
    Thank you and God bless you!

    1. Hi, Jenny! I’m so glad it blessed you! Thank you for taking the time to let me know. God bless you!

  2. Hello, Deb,

    Blessings to you and yours.
    I take delight in the Lord by:
    * Spending time with Him.
    * Memorizing scripture.
    * Singing to Him.
    * Praising Him daily.
    * Getting to know Him.
    * Telling Him that I love Him.
    * Worshipping not only at church, but at home, car,etc.
    * Talking about Him.
    * I prioritize relationship with Him.

    I delight in the Lord for who He is. In His presence I discover the full Joy that is found nowhere else.
    Matthew 6:33 “ But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

    May you have a wonderful and joyful day. The Lord is always with us.

    1. I love this, Raquel. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. What a blessed encouragement for us all. God be with you and bless you!

  3. It is when we find our delight in the Lord that we realize He alone is our heart’s desire.
    Blessings, Deb!

    1. Kathy Francescon says:

      AMEN to this uplifting post and all the comments too! I was sorta soul weary yesterday, after the shooting in Nashville…but woke up this morning feeling renewed and refreshed! Even in difficult, sad and bad times, there is still joy and peace and thanksgiving to be found by delighting in our Lord and Savior! Blessings to all!!

      1. Even in hard times, He is our strength and shield. He holds us through our grief with His unfailing love. He is so so gracious and good. Blessings!

  4. I am thankful that I have the Lord to always be with me and love me, to strengthen me and to hold me up. I do take delight in having a relationship with the Lord. He is always with me. No matter what!!

    1. Me too, Sue! I’m so thankful that He gives us what we need to face and move forward each and every day. God bless!

  5. Sue Jackson says:

    Thank you for this uplifting post Deb! God is my delight and my very trusted help in times of trouble. Always here, never leaving or forsaking. I am so glad to be a Christian!!

    1. Amen, Sue. I can’t imagine trying to do even a moment without Him. We live by grace alone and in His presence, there is fullness of joy! Blessings, my friend!

  6. Ana Cordova says:

    Hi Deb
    Thank you for the encouraging words that God is our delight and the desire of our hearts in order to live a more happy life. That is why I look forward to your podcast and have joined a Bible studies to help me grow closer to God in all I do. I do not just want to be a lukewarm Catholic. I want to live daily in his presence to have his unfailing love and blessings.
    Have a blessed day!!

    1. Thanks, Ana. I’m with you. I want to live in His presence surrounded by His unfailing love that I might trust and follow His will. God bless you!