Psalm 37:4 - Find Your Delight In The Lord.

Psalm 37:4 " Find Your Delight In The Lord. 

Psalm 37:4 (NIV) Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give 
you the desires of your heart.  

Psalm 37:4 (NIRV) Find your delight in the Lord. Then he will 
give you everything your heart really wants. 

Psalm 37:4 (TEV) Seek your happiness in the LORD, and he will 
give you your heart's desire.  


   Last summer, I went to the concession stand during a baseball 
game. I asked the lady at the counter, "Do you have Coke or Pepsi?" 
Her response? "No, but we have water." Did she really think water 
was a reasonable substitute for a soft drink? Who knows, maybe she 
did. But I sure didn't.  
   It's strange how we try to substitute one thing with another 
that doesn't even come close. In my life, there are many times when I 
try to substitute something else for my relationship with God. Even 
though I've learned the lesson over and over again, I still try to find 
happiness in possessions. It's ridiculous, and I know that. But I still 
get caught up in it. 
   The Lord wants us to seek him, not some ridiculous 
substitute. He wants us to allow him to fill us up and satisfy our souls. 
And yet, we can become that waiter behind the counter trying to 
convince ourselves that "something else" is an acceptable option. Let's 
drink in God's love and allow him to quench our thirst with his living 
water. It's the only thing that will satisfy. 
   Lord, thank you for loving me and filling me with the water 
of life. Nothing else can quench my thirst and satisfy my yearning. 
In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John 
& Johnny Baker] 


   David urged us to take delight in the Lord and to commit to 
him everything we have and do (Psalm 37:3-6). But how does a person 
"take delight in the Lord)" (37:4)? To delight means to enjoy, so to 
take delight in God means to enjoy his presence, his company, and his 
will. Our goal should be to enjoy God, to want what God wants, to seek 
his presence, to enjoy his company. 
   Review any goals you have for your life. Do they match what 
God wants for you? Make it your goal to take delight in God today. 
[The One Year Through the Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman re vv. 

David calls us to take delight in the Lord and to commit 
everything we have and do (our way) to him. But how do we do this? To 
delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in his or 
her presence. This happens only when we know that person well. Thus, 
to delight in the Lord, we must know him better. Knowledge of 
Gods great love for us will indeed give us delight. 
To commit ourselves to the Lord means entrusting 
everything"our lives, families, jobs, possessions"to his control and 
guidance. To commit ourselves to the Lord means to trust in him (Psalm 
37:5), believing that he can care for us better than we can ourselves. 
We should be willing to wait patiently (Psalm 37:7) for him to work 
out what is best for us. [Life Application SB] 

   Your relationship with God ought to bring you more joy, 
satisfaction, and pleasure than any other relationship, activity, or material 
possession you have. Scripture exhorts you to delight yourself in the Lord, 
finding your greatest pleasure in God and the things dear to His heart. 
   How can you find pleasure in what God enjoys? Only as you 
spend time with Him will you begin to take delight in the things God 
loves. As you spend intimate time with God and allow Him to show you 
your situation from His perspective, you will begin to see things as 
God sees them. As you adjust yourself to God, your heart will begin 
to desire the same things Gods heart desires. When you pray, you 
will find yourself asking for the very things God desires. Matters 
foremost on Gods heart will be preeminent in yours. Your first request 
in prayer will not be for yourself, but for Gods name to be 
exalted and His kingdom to be extended (Mt 6:9"10).  
   Have you been asking God to give you the desires of your 
heart without first seeking to understand what is on His heart? God 
places this important requirement for those who pray: that we seek His 
priorities and make them our own. This great qualifier prevents us from 
asking out of selfishness. As we find joy in the Lord, we will see what 
is truly important, and we will long for these things as the Father 
does. [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby] 

Take Delight In The LORD ... Psalm 37:4
   We love the last half of this verse. The first half isn't bad 
either; we just don't fully understand what it means. How exactly do we 
"delight" in the Lord? We serve Him, believe in Him, even love Him. But 
delight? Most of us don't get chill bumps and rapid heartbeats about God 
for more than a few moments at a time. It isn't always pure 
   If our relationship with God isn't full of delight, then we 
have some misperceptions about Him. Perhaps we assume He's down on us 
for not measuring up to His high standards, or maybe we resent that 
He didn't seem to answer that desperate prayer we prayed. We might 
have interpreted His apparent distance as a lack of love, or His 
words as a system of sterile doctrine. But if we really saw Him for 
who He is - the beauty of His face or the majesty and mystery of His 
throne room - we would be completely captivated. If we truly understood 
His purposes and the love behind His ways, we would be profoundly 
   The rewards for delighting in the Lord are appealing, but in 
many ways the delight is a reward in itself. If you push past the 
false assumptions and ask to see Him as He is, He will completely 
capture your imagination. The intrigue of a relationship with Him, with 
all His passion and zeal, makes for a fascinating adventure. No one 
can be bored in His Presence. He urges us to delight in Him because 
He is worthy of our delight.  
   Lord, break through my false assumptions about You. I want to 
see You as You are. Capture my imagination. Fill my heart with 
delight. Thrill me with the joy of knowing You. [The One Year 
Experiencing Gods Presence Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

... And He Will Give You Your Heart's Desires. Psalm 37:4
   We are drawn to those who love us, and we enjoy doing things 
for them. In fact, we go out of our way to please those who express 
affection for us. So does God. He responds to our affection for Him with 
signs of His affection for us.  
   Those who delight in God - who turn their hearts toward Him 
and enjoy His Presence, regardless of the trials and contradictions 
in their lives - notice an unusual phenomenon. Their desires begin 
to be fulfilled. Part of the reason for that is that when we are 
saturated in love for God, His Spirit can shape our desires. He plants His 
desires within us. But another reason is that when our hearts are drawn 
to Him, He is drawn to us. He rises up to defend and provide for 
those who have enjoyed His intimacy.  
   This is why Jesus tells His disciples that if they remain 
united to Him and His words thrive in them, they can ask any request 
they want and He will do it for them (John 15:7). God doesn't just 
impose His sovereign will on those who love Him. Our desires affect 
Him. He interacts with us at the level of our longings. He shapes who 
we are and then trusts us to desire worthwhile things. Then He 
supports those desires and fulfills them.  
   However this extravagant promise functions, the result is 
that our desires and His answers line up.We no longer live in 
futility and frustration with our longings remaining perpetually 
unfulfilled. Somehow our pleasure in God results in His pleasure in 
fulfilling the matters on our hearts.  
   Father, in spite of all my questions, and in spite of 
whatever contradictions my faith experiences, I delight in who You are. 
My relationship with You is my highest priority. Shape my heart, 
fill me with Your desires, and let me experience satisfaction and 
fulfillment. [The One Year Experiencing Gods Presence Devotional by Chris 
Tiegreen re Psa. 37:4] 

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart's 
desires. Psalm 37:4 
   Every human being on the planet has desires, and everyone 
longs for them to be fulfilled. In fact, this is what motivates most 
people. We are by nature desire driven. Many Christians want to mature 
beyond this dynamic and become truth-driven beings, and that's a valid 
goal. But even when we learn truth and base our lives on it, we still 
have desires. God has wired us to work that way. The real goal of our 
faith is not to get rid of desires, but to align our desires with 
God's purposes.  
   Whether Psalm 37:4 means God will fulfill our desires or 
plant the right desires within us may be a familiar discussion, but 
the outcome is the same: When we delight ourselves in Him, there's 
an alignment between our hearts' desires and the outcomes in our 
lives. That's what we want - an end to the frustrating gap between 
desire and fulfillment, that never-ending sense that whatever we really 
want isn't going to work out. That gap has led many to view God as 
someone who gives us only what we need, not what we want - sort of like 
that great-aunt or -uncle who skips over all the fun items on your 
Christmas list and gives you socks because that's what you really need. 
But is that really God's heart?  
   No, God works through our desires. We have to use 
discernment, but chances are the long-lasting desires that are consistent 
with God's purposes are from Him. He wants us to dream with Him, so 
He speaks through our dreams and desires. That does not mean that 
all our desires reflect His voice. We may have plenty of passions 
that are misplaced or misinterpreted. But the core of our desires is 
most likely rooted in a godly impulse, and when the dream takes the 
right shape and persists over time, it will direct us toward God's 
   Notice what you dream about. God's voice is in it somewhere. 
   Lord, You are the fulfiller of my heart, not the denier of 
it. Shape my heart to desire Your will. Put Your dreams within me. 
Speak through the longings that excite me most. [The One Year Hearing 
His Voice Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 


   I am calling you to live in joyful dependence on Me. Many 
people view dependence as a despicable condition, so they strive to be 
as self-sufficient as possible. This is not My way for you! I 
designed you to need Me continually - and to delight in that neediness. 
When you live in harmony with your Creator's intentions for you, you 
can maximize your potential and enjoy your life more.  
   The apostle Paul exhorted Christians to be joyful always and 
to pray continually. There is always Joy to be found in My 
Presence, and I have promised I will not leave you or forsake you. So you 
can speak to Me at all times, knowing that I hear and I care. 
Praying continually is a way of demonstrating your deliberate dependence 
on Me - the One to whom you pray. Another powerful way of relying 
on Me is studying My Word, asking Me to use it to transform you 
through and through. These delightful disciplines help you live in 
joyful dependence on Me. Delight yourself in Me more and more; this 
increases your Joy and glorifies Me. (1Th. 5:16, 17; Deu. 31:8; Psa. 
119:10-12; 37:4) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young]   

   In everything you do, put Me first, and I will direct you and 
crown your efforts with success. Putting Me first sounds so simple and 
straightforward. But the world, the flesh, and the devil war against your efforts 
to do this. You can easily justify letting other things creep into 
the space and time you had set aside for Me. If this happens only 
occasionally, it is just part of being human. However, if you see it becoming 
a pattern in your life, watch out! Your priorities may have been 
gradually shifting - until I am no longer your First Love.  
   Putting Me first is not an arbitrary rule; it is the way to 
live vibrantly, joyfully - close to Me. It is also the way to live 
purposefully, letting Me direct your steps. When I am your top priority, other 
things fall into their proper place. So delight yourself in Me first 
and foremost. As you walk in the Light of My Presence, I open up the 
path before you - and give you the desires of your heart. (Pro. 3:6; 
Rev. 2:4; Psa. 37:4; 1Jo. 1:7) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

Seek to please Me above all else. As you journey through today, 
there will be many choice-points along your way. Most of the day's 
decisions will be small ones you have to make quickly. You need some rule 
of thumb to help you make good choices. Many people's decisions are 
a combination of their habitual responses and their desire to 
please themselves or others. This is not My way for you. Strive to 
please Me in everything, not just in major decisions. This is possible 
only to the extent that you are living in close communion with Me. 
When My Presence is your deepest delight, you know almost 
instinctively what will please Me. A quick glance at Me is all you need to 
make the right choice. Delight yourself in Me more and more; seek My 
pleasure in all you do. (John 8:29; Heb. 11:5, 6; Psa. 37:4) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 

   I am life and light in abundance. As you spend time "soaking" 
in My Presence, you are energized and lightened. Through communing 
with Me, you transfer your heavy burdens to My strong shoulders. By 
gazing at Me, you gain My perspective on your life. This time alone 
with Me is essential for unscrambling your thoughts and smoothing out 
the day before you.  
   Be willing to fight for this precious time with Me. 
Opposition comes in many forms: your own desire to linger in bed; the evil 
one's determination to distract you from Me; the pressure of family, 
friends, and your own inner critic to spend your time more productively. 
As you grow in your desire to please Me above all else, you gain 
strength to resist these opponents. Delight yourself in Me, for I am the 
deepest Desire of your heart. (Psa. 48:9; Deu. 33:12; Psa. 37:4) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 

   I am ever so near you, hovering over your shoulder, reading 
every thought. People think that thoughts are fleeting and worthless, 
but yours are precious to Me. I smile when you think lovingly of Me. 
My Spirit, who lives within you, helps you to think My thoughts. As 
your thinking goes, so goes your entire being.  
   Let Me be your positive Focus. When you look to Me, knowing 
Me as God with you, you experience Joy. This is according to My 
ancient design, when I first crafted man. Modern man seeks his positive 
focus elsewhere: in sports, sensations, acquiring new possessions. 
Advertising capitalizes on the longing of people for a positive focus in 
their lives. I planted that longing in human souls, knowing that only 
I could fully satisfy it. Delight yourself in Me; let Me become 
the Desire of your heart. (Mat. 1:23; Psa. 37:4) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   Remember that you live in a fallen world: an abnormal world 
tainted by sin. Much frustration and failure result from your seeking 
perfection in this life. There is nothing perfect in this world except Me. 
That is why closeness to Me satisfies deep yearnings and fills you 
with Joy.  
   I have planted longing for perfection in every human heart. 
This is a good desire, which I alone can fulfill. But most people 
seek this fulfillment in other people and earthly pleasures or 
achievements. Thus they create idols, before which they bow down. I will have 
no other gods before Me! Make Me the deepest desire of your heart. 
Let Me fulfill your yearning for perfection. (Exo. 20:3; Psa. 37:4) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Don't think of prayer as a chore. Instead, view it as 
communicating with the One you adore. Delight yourself in Me; this will draw 
you irresistibly into communion with Me. Remember all that I am to 
you, all I have done for you. I love you with perfect, everlasting 
Love, and I take great delight in you. Let My tenderness embrace you, 
convincing you that you are indeed My beloved. Rejoice in the One who will 
never let you go! 
   Often the easiest way to start talking with Me is to thank Me 
for being your Savior, Redeemer. and Friend. You can also give 
thanks for things that are happening in your life, your family, your 
church, and beyond. These grateful prayers connect you with Me and ease 
the way into other prayers. (Psa. 37:4; Zep. 3:17; Psa. 118:28, 29; 
62:8) [Jesus Always by Sarah Young] 

   Rejoice in the hope of My glory. Even though many people use 
the word hope to denote wishful thinking, My Glory-hope rings with 
the certainty of absolute truth! I have promised that all My 
children will share My Glory, and I intend to keep that promise. 
Moreover, I have all the Power I need - infinite Power - to enable Me to 
do so.  
   The nature of hope is that it refers to something in the 
future, something not yet. So you need to wait patiently for me to 
fulfill My promises. If patience is not your strong point, remember that 
it is a fruit of the Spirit. You can ask the Holy Spirit to help 
you wait hopefully in My Presence. Waiting is often a boring task 
unless you have something interesting to do or someone interesting to 
be with. When you wait in My Presence, rejoice that you are in the 
company of the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. I am infinitely 
more brilliant and creative than you can imagine. Delight in this 
awesome privilege of being with Me now and throughout eternity. (Rom. 
5:1, 2; 8:18; Gal. 5:22, 23; Psa. 37:4) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 






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