Today's reading

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. –Psalm 37:4 ESV

February 1, 2023

Delight Yourself

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. –Psalm 37:4 ESV

Was there a time in your life when you were absolutely delighted with something? Perhaps, as a child, it was the time you received a Christmas gift that you’d wanted all year long. The definition of delight is to appreciate, relish, enjoy, or savor. You, as a child, were delighted with the gift, and the person who gave you that gift received just as much joy (if not more) watching your reaction to it. Psalm 37:4 (ESV) tells us, “Delight yourself in the Lord.” But, how do we do that? When our hearts find true peace and fulfillment in Him, when our understanding of our worth comes from the Lord, and not from what we have accomplished, we’ll find “the joy of the Lord” (Nehemiah 8:10 ESV). The world’s approach to delight places the focus on material goods: “What’s in it for me?” But the Christ-like perspective of delight puts all the focus on God. Moreover, it’s not a mindset assuming that if I follow God, I’ll get everything I want. Rather, it is a mindset that desires more of God’s presence, as we appreciate, relish, enjoy, and savor the freedom from sin and the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. Our Father loves seeing the joy of His children as we delight in Him.

prayer focuses

Lord, I am so thankful for Your presence in my life. Fill me with Your joy.

Lord, help me to keep my eyes on You.


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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.