200308-delight-yourself-in-the-lord

Scripture: Psa 37:4

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

 

God’s Theme for Elim Church in 2020: Have Faith in God

He Commanded us to:

  • Be Strong and Courageous
  • Be Prayerful and not Fearful

His Reason and Promise:

  • I Will Be With You

 

Overview of Psa 37:1-9

  • Don’t fret and be envious (37:1)
  • Know the fate of evildoers (Psalm 37:2)
  • Trust in the Lord (37:3)
  • Do good (37:3)
  • Be faithful (37:3)
  • DELIGHT yourself in the LORD (37:4)
  • Commit your way to Him (37:5)
  • Rest in the Lord (37:7)
  • Wait patiently for Him (37:7)
  • Cease from anger and forsake wrath (37:8)
  • Be blessed (37:9)

 

I. What does it mean to Delight yourself in the Lord?

  • to pursue Him over and above any person or thing
  • to make Him your joy and enjoyment in life
  • to fix your desires on Him, His Word, Will and Way

Result: He will give you the desires of your heart

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things [the necessities of life] will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

 

II. What are you to Delight youself in?

Delight in:

  • His Person – He is good and merciful (Ps.86:5)
  • His Presence – He will be with you (Matt.28:20b)
  • His Power – He can do all thing (Lk.1:37)
  • His Passion – He will love and care for you (Jer.31:3)
  • His Protection – He will watch over you (Ps.121:3-4, 7-8)
  • His Provision – He will meet your every need (Eph.3:20)
  • His Promise – He will not lie to you (Num.23:19)

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:1-2)

 

III. How to Delight yourself in Him?

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)

1. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength

Wholly, Intensely, Sincerely, Emotionally, Mentally and Energetically.

  • Spend quality time with Him – know Him intimately
  • Sing, Praise and worship – adore Him passionately
  • Supplicate and Pray – talk to Him lovingly
  • Soak in His Word – seek Him diligently
  • Submit to His Lordship – obey Him willingly
  • Seek His will – imitate Him unashamedly
  • Shine for Him – witness for Him boldly

 

2. Love Others as yourself

  • Do them no harm (Ex.20:12-17)
  • Do the right thing (Ex.15:26; 2Thess.3:13)
  • Do to others what you want others to do to you (Matt.7:12)

18 The days of the blameless are known to the Lord, and their inheritance will endure forever. 19 In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty. (Psalm 37:18-19)

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand. (Psalm 37: 23-24)

For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever. (Psalm 37:28)

39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble. 40 The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in (trust) Him. (Psalm 37:39-40)

I delight to do thy will, O my God, and your law is within my heart (Psalm 40:8)

 

Choice:

  • To delight yourself in the Lord or not is your choice

Challenge:

  • Choose to Delight yourself in the Lord
  • Choose to Do His Will

Result:

  • He will give you the desires of your heart
  • Be ready to receive His best for your life

You are Blessed to be a Blessing

 

 

By: Rev. Glen Lim

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