The noun delight has its origin in the 13th century. It is defined as “a high degree of gratification”. The French origin of the word points up the fact that it is a fairly intimate word. Psalm 37.4 reads, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
I would guess that many of us have a very difficult time relating to this verse. We live in a world that knows neither love nor hatred by the physical evidence in front of them (see Ecclesiastes 9.1-2). Asaph pined away about witnessing the prosperity of the wicked during his life (Psalm 73).
But as the song writer penned, “If I could see beyond tomorrow as God does see…” Our problem truly rests in the fact that we find a high degree of gratification in all the wrong things. Our desires are tethered to all the wrong things. If desire is tethered to time and the sensate experiences of life, we simply have the wrong desires. It’s hard to convince myself and others that this is positively true.
Psalm 37.4 tells us to delight ourselves in the LORD. This is a responsibility that we must meet, or we will become unsatisfied with life. Psalm 81.10 has the clear directive of our LORD: “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” Nobody else is able to fill us but our Creator. Feed on His faithfulness (Psalm 37.3b).
Think of Heaven. The souls who have gone before us are indeed happy and care-free. If eternal life is something we enjoy now (and it is), then we ought to bring a little delight from Heaven into our world today. Don’t live below the position and privilege that you have in Christ as God’s dear child. Heaven is to you an everlasting possession. Find a high degree of gratification in the LORD. Once you do, you will have the desires of your heart …all of them.