Strength for Today
March 15
By Frank Eiklor

"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart."
Psalm 37:4

Two words, containing seven letters each, stand out in this verse: "delight" and "desires." A heart wrapped up in self readily sees the "Wow!" part of this promise: "and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Visions of sugarplums then dance in his head - the desire for material things great or small, or long life without aches and pains, or a host of other merely human wants that cater to self.

But the heart that seeks after God sees the real "Wow!" part of the scripture: "Delight thyself in the Lord" and begins his/her quest to do just that. Scripture study becomes a "daily must." Prayer takes on a new interest and intensity. As more of the Lord is viewed through the windows of His Word, so a greater cry goes up to be transparent in the windows of our souls. Little by little, we find ourselves noticing Him more often rather than less - just like the eyes and thoughts of lovers seldom stray from each other. In short, we are delighting in the Lord as our first love, greatest friend and sweetest companion.

And then what happens to those desires of our hearts? They are no longer mine or yours. The deeper we go into His heart, the deeper His heart takes over our lives - and desires. Laying up treasure in heaven becomes more important than the stuff of earth. Ministering to others replaces the desire to be ministered to. In short, the yearnings of the Holy Spirit so become ours as we make the Lord our chief delight, that He can safely grant us our heart's desire. For those desires will always have Jesus as their center and the Father's glory as their chief aim.

My Prayer:
"Cause me, Lord Jesus, to fall so in love with You that Your desires become my own. Teach me how to delight more in You."


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