Find your delight and true pleasure in Yahweh, and He will give you what you desire the most. Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust Him along the way, you’ll find He pulled it off perfectly! He will appear as your righteousness, as sure as the dawning of a new day. He will manifest as your justice, as sure and strong as the noonday sun. Quiet your heart in His presence and wait patiently for Yahweh.” Psalms 37:4-7A TPT
Here’s a caution about desire that I recently read that will put things into perspective. If you want “it” too much, you might want “it” for the wrong reasons. It’s also an indicator that you’re not ready for “it.” M. Batterson. If the desire will become an idol in your life, it’s time to place it on the altar. Misplaced desires will thwart delight. You may get it and find out you don’t want it. Keep first things first and you’ll have no regrets. Let’s continue.
Do you find pleasure in serving the Lord? Or are you doing the best you can? Are you finding joy in your wanting to serve Him? Or are you just holding on till something better comes along? Do you know that we get to serve Him? We don’t have to. If you’re bored in your relationship with Jesus Christ, then it’s a sure sign that you don’t want to. Now you have a decision to make. You can go the way of Demas, 2 Timothy 4:10, or you can ask the Holy Spirit to point out what’s sapping your spiritual energy and get on board with what God has in mind for you.
To delight means to take pleasure in. It also means to find satisfaction and joy in a person or thing. But in this instance, the object of our delight is the Lord. We all enjoy having our desires met, but the only way to accomplish that is by first making the Lord our ultimate delight. What do you want to achieve in your relationship with Jesus? Where do you picture yourself in His plans for you? This is strictly between you and Jesus. No one else’s experience or opinion matters.
We may all face similar challenges in life, but our experiences within the challenges are not the same. Reason being, we all have a different perspective on what we’re going through. That’s why we don’t swap testimonies, we share them. We don’t measure ourselves against other Christians, we glean from them. That’s by design. God wants each of us to encounter Him in ways unique only to us. That’s what I refer to as intimate moments. Love is given and received in different ways person to person. What makes you cry happy tears, will make someone else laugh uncontrollably. When we’ve found the One in whom our soul delights, we experience all the emotions, and sometimes they’re inexplicable.
There have been times when my heart turns towards Him, and I whisper, “don’t make me cry” or I’ll say “I don’t even know why I’m crying” hahaha. As I’m delighting myself in Him, He overwhelms me. Have you been there? Those are the moments when He speaks His pleasure to you. He unveils hidden things. Gives you a glimpse into the future He has planned for you. Those are also moments when He’ll lovingly correct or point out areas that need changing or surrendering. Delighting allows Him the opportunity to prune us, and prepare us for the desires we’ve sought Him for. They’re also moments when He’ll answer your private thoughts before you can speak them. “You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind.”
Psalms 139:2 TPT
Aren’t those the most beautiful words ever written? Delighting in Him is an unexplored activity for most Christians, who have only been introduced to His hands and not His heart. They know the rules but not the relationship. The duty but not the honor of service. Obedience without pleasure.
Enjoy the Giver and the gift will follow. He takes delight in blessing us. But, He doesn’t want the objects to be a substitute for His presence. No one likes a taker/user.
Reciprocal relationships are far more delightful than ones where one person is always taking and demanding. Selfish people are lonely, contemptuous and ungrateful, they always see the glass half empty. God said Israel wearied Him. The more He blessed them, the more they murmured and complained. He couldn’t do enough good to satisfy them. They never entered into a place of delighting themselves in His goodness. The place of resting in Him. I shared in one of the messages that their slavish mentality made them see God no differently than they saw Pharaoh.
Those who know how to delight themselves in The Lord, have entered into a place of total abandonment. A place of abiding. The storms don’t disturb you, the winds don’t scare you, the fire can’t burn you, and the lions can’t eat you. Delighting brings a sense of peace and quiet confidence in the One who is the Prince of peace. Jesus delighted Himself in His Father. He walked in the ultimate desires of His heart. We were His desire. Listen to how the writer of Hebrews recorded it.
“We look away from the natural realm and we focus our attention and expectation onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because His heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be His, He endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!” Hebrews 12:2 TPT
Now that’s true delight! We can never measure up. But we can most certainly try to attain it. So what’s your desire? And in whom are you delighting yourself? We’ll never discover pure pleasure until He is our delight. He holds the key to every blessing. Everything we need is to be found in Him. Delight and desire will become one, when He’s the One our soul loves.
“The place where delight and desire meet is the sweet spot.“ WT
Written by permission of the Holy Spirit
—As the background editor, reader and post-er of the morning messages, and one of her biggest fans, please join me in wishing Winsome Tennant, my incredible mama, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY!!
We celebrate Gods faithfulness and love expressed through her commitment to preparing these powerful words fresh from the Holy Spirit every single week and her no nonsense attitude when it comes to righteous, fearless, anointed living for Jesus! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY WE LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOU!”
- Sheri :)