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Delight yourself in the Lord and He will
give you the pleasures of your heart.
- Psalm 37:4
Delight: to take great pleasure; to give keen enjoyment. The last couple of years I believe I have grown in my relationship with Christ; however, at times I have struggled with a misunderstanding of how to delight in the Lord. Psalm 37:4 encourages us to delight in God and I started to realize that in my “walk” with Christ, I needed to spend more time “sitting” with Him.
When we become a child of God it was my belief that He is expects us to discover and use our gifts, join a small group to grow, lead a ministry of some sort, feed the hungry, etc. All good things, but is that truly what God expects? Is God watching me every moment to assess if I am being faithful, available, and teachable? Do I exhibit joy and delight in all that I do? These questions made me think, so over the last several months I have dug into the idea of God’s sufficiency over my own. Here’s a little of what I learned.
We begin our Christian life by depending not on our own doing, but what God has done for us (I thought I was doing that). Turns out I still held onto the notion that I had work to do and the world around me was not about to change without my efforts. Watchman Née (1903-1972) was a noted Christian Bible teacher and a Christian leader. In his book Sit, Walk, Stand he explores the book of Ephesians and it was through the “sit” section my thoughts began racing. Do I allow for the sufficiency of Christ’s work on the cross to guide me or do I still believe I need to produce or earn my own way?
Ephesians 2:6-9 says God “raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” I had heard this so many times, but suddenly it had new meaning.
When we rest in Him or are properly “seated in Christ”, the Bible declares that the work to be done is not initially ours after all, but His. Our true Christian life begins when we realize what God provides and we sit and delight in Him. We don’t work to get to God; He did the work for us!
Mary and Martha’s story exemplifies this idea. In Luke 10:38-42 we see Jesus accepting an offer to visit Martha in her home. Upon arrival her sister, Mary, sits at the feet of Jesus, delights in Him, and is basically no help to Martha. She has a great meal planned, but how will she ever get it all prepared by herself? “Jesus, make her help me! I cannot do this alone,” she exclaims. I can picture her scrambling around while Mary sits and listens to the stories Jesus is sharing. Even though Martha needs assistance, Jesus makes it clear that Mary has chosen the better way.
Today life gets busy. I want to serve and glorify God with zeal and passion. However, I never want to forget Jesus’ words to enjoy Him and delight in what He has done for me!
1. Do I spend time daily at the feet of Jesus to delight in what He has done for me?
2. Am I too busy in my “walk” with Jesus that I do not “sit” and delight in Him?
Lord, I love You! Let me never presume that my work is more important than the work You’ve done for me. At the cross You said, “It is finished,” and I need to rest in that reality. My desire is to serve You where You are already present and to never forget that You completed the work! Help me and remind me every day to sit at Your feet and to delight in You! In Jesus’ name, amen!
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