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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Delight Yourself in GOD

“4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalm 37:4 New Living Translation).

What does it mean to delight ourselves in GOD? The Hebrew translation of the word delight in this verse means to be soft, pliable, effeminate, luxurious, delicateness, delight self, and sport self.

To sport means to amuse yourself, to skip about, to frolic happily, to have a good time in the LORD, to let yourself go and be happy in GOD’s presence. Delight is having high gratification or pleasure, joy, or extreme satisfaction. This is how we are to be in the presence of the LORD in order to gain the desires of our hearts.

That thing that weighs most heavily on our hearts, are we able to get into the presence of the LORD and be so wrapped up in Whom HE is that we forget about our desires and desire only HIM? Are we able to let our desire be just for HIM, to allow it to shift so that we want only what HE wants us to have?

Let’s look at the first five translations for delight: to be soft, pliable, effeminate, luxurious, and delicate.

To be soft is to be gentle, kind, tender, not forceful, engaging, ingratiating, disarming, mild, and low-key. There is a certain tenderness about a soft person. They disarm you; they take your guard down. They make you feel at ease around them because they are gentle, caring, they want to hear more about you instead of speaking of themselves and their wants.

Pliable means that something can bend without breaking, even if it is bent out of shape repeatedly. A pliable person will readily yield to others. They want to please others more than they want to please themselves. They are a true servant, putting the needs and wishes of others before their own.

Starting to get the picture of how delighting ourselves in GOD will give us what we really want and seek after? Let’s keep going.

Effeminate describes feminine qualities not typical of a man. It means not manly in appearance or manner. The dictionary goes on to say that it even means unbecoming delicacy or overrefinement, too fragile, too pure, too holy. We would say that it doesn’t take all that. That the person is doing too much.

Luxury is abundance, great ease or comfort, sumptuousness, rich, costly, magnificent, impressive. If we are to be luxurious, we are to give GOD everything we have. We are to lavish the LORD with our time, talent, and treasure. We are to worship HIM with reckless abandon, dancing before GOD without a care in the world like King David did (2 Samuel 6:14). We are to be so comfortable with our GOD that it makes others uncomfortable and jealous of the fact that they don’t have a close relationship with HIM like that.

Finally, delicate, among other things, means pleasing to the senses, charming, and sensitive. We are to be pleasing to GOD, not rough or offensive, but a source of pleasure to HIM. How do we do that? The bible says that without faith it is impossible to please GOD, that we must believe that HE exists and that HE rewards those who diligently seek HIM (Hebrews 11:6).

We must have the faith to believe that GOD will meet every one of our needs. We must prove that we believe when Jesus said GOD knows what we need before we even ask HIM (Matthew 6:8).

Let’s go back and focus on the terms soft, pliable, effeminate. They remind us of feminine qualities, the delicate refinement of a lady, how she is gentle and not harsh, how she waits confidently for her man to take care of her because he has never let her down and she knows he never will, just like GOD will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

Now we get to the meat of the matter. The word effeminate applies to men and women alike in this verse because this isn’t a gender thing, but a position thing. It is the posture that we are to have before the LORD as HIS people. We are the bride of Christ after all. HE is our husband. Now, I know the men may have a hard time thinking of themselves in that way, but understand that it doesn’t mean that a man is acting like a woman, it means that a man is depending on GOD to meet his every need, and likewise for the ladies.

“5 For your Creator will be your husband; the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name! He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth.” (Isaiah 54:5 New Living Translation).

“25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.” (Ephesians 5:25, 27 NLT).

Also, “31 As the Scriptures say, ‘A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.” (Ephesians 5:31-32 NLT).

So, you see, we are Christ’s bride and He has been taking care of us from the beginning, and He wants to continue. Will we let Him?

Too many of us go after the things that we want without first consulting GOD and allowing HIM to bring us what HE already has prepared for us. Ask and you will receive (Matthew 7:7-8). Asking instead of just going after our desire is a strong indicator that we are truly ready to receive it. That tells us we are willing to let the LORD’s will be done over and above ours. As Jesus said, “42 ’Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.’ “ (Luke 22:42 NLT).

Will we take on these qualities and let GOD treat us as a husband does his wife, providing, protecting, and taking great care with her? Will we let GOD do for us, let HIM bring us our good gifts? Will we be the gentle, obedient, adoring, bride of Christ? Will we love HIM like no other and like nothing else in our lives? Will we show GOD our adoration, give HIM praise, obey HIS will, carry out HIS plans for our lives, bend to HIS will, be gentle as Jesus was and is with us, and give GOD everything we have?

The bible tells us that if we do these things, GOD will give us the desire of our hearts. Won’t you let GOD love on you today?

“24 Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. 25 All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.” (Jude 24, 25 NLT).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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