Parson to Person: Delight yourself in the Lord
What do you take great delight in? For some it is fishing, getting up early in the morning, taking out the boat; planning, waiting, casting and of course catching. When winter comes you go ice fishing, relaxing in that little hut, huddled and waiting.
Some people take great delight in NASCAR racing. The other day I was wondering about the interest of stamp collecting, discovering a collector who shared her interest.
What about taking delight in the Lord? The Psalms give us several examples. Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:1-2).
Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in His salvation (Psalm 35:9).
Send forth your truth let them guide me, let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my joy and my delight. (Psalm 43:3-4).
Quick recap. The psalmist (David) takes delight in the word of God, in salvation and in God himself.
One might say get a life; another could say discover the depths of knowledge and serve God.
The closer we get to God the more we discover what is important and what needs to be discarded. In other words, the Spirit of God changes us from the inside.
Go to Galatians and discover the fruits of the flesh (sin), and the fruits of the Spirit.
Mr. Marconi, famous for inventing radio technology; once constructed a receiver that would only respond to a special transmitter. If the transmitter radiated eight hundred thousand vibrations a second the receiver would only take from the same rate of vibration. In the same way, the familiar tuning-fork of precisely the same musical tone.
This is the principle of assured answer to prayer. If I am right with God, tuned to his purposes and will, I cannot ask in vain. “If ye abide in me and my words abide in you. Ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you (John 15:7).
God's response to our petitions follows our response to His commands. “Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalm 37:4).
Affinity of soul with God is assurance of His hearing us.
Have a great weekend.