Written by His Grace,

Kevin K. O’Connor 

Nov. 16, 2003

 

Main thought: to examine our need to delight in Christ.

 

Delighting in Christ!

 

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Whole Chapter: Psalm 37 In context: Psalm 37:3-5)

 

The Merriam-Webster Online dictionary definition of delight is;

Main Entry:     1de·light

Pronunciation: di-'lIt, dE-

Function: noun

Date:        13th century

1 : a high degree of gratification : JOY; also : extreme satisfaction

2 : something that gives great pleasure

 

Have you ever just watched two lives just losing themselves in each other? Isn’t it a true joy to watch, as it appears that they hardly even notice others around them?

 

We, as mankind, have become experts of selfishness.  It seems like we’ve learned to turn every good thing into a means for our own self-satisfaction and gratification. Even the Word of God that is to be Life to us, we end up turning it into a manual of “how to live” so that we can appear righteous. We begin to take our eyes off of the ones we love and begin focusing on the love they have for us. We read verses like Psalm 37:4 and think that all we have to do is to perform in such a manner that it appears that we love God and He will give us what we want. No wonder the Lord says in; Luke 9:24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. (Whole Chapter: Luke 9 In context: Luke 9:23-25)

 

We’ve become so consumed with studying the effects of righteousness; we’ve missed the Person of Righteousness completely. Is it any wonder that God’s anger will burn hot against such people? We’ve become so self-righteous that that those who have yet to hear of God’s love, don’t want to when they see us clothed in our own filthy rags of self-righteousness. How God’s heart must ache for those who have yet to hear of His love for them, from vessels that aren’t distorting the purity of His Love with their own works of “righteousness”. 

 

Do we really want to show the world who Christ is? Then we need to learn how to Love Him, not with just the multitude of our words or “good works” but with our hearts. It’s when we hit the bull’s-eye of life; Loving Him with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strengths that every other ring of the target of life begins to take its proper place. Satan who was created out of the Love of God for good began taking his focus off of Loving God to God’s love for Him. The moment our focus leaves Christ and begins to focus on ourselves is the moment we begin to die.

 

There is a joy and a freedom in losing ourselves to something or someone else that can only be known by those who have experienced it. God stands ready to pour Himself into those who will hunger and thirst to know Him, not know about Him. How we love to be in control of the reigns of our minds, emotions, and our will. Those who have not learned to delight themselves in another will never know the joy of surrendering the reigns of their mind, emotion, and will to another. King David knew how to lose himself in loving God. But in so doing he looked silly and his wife was embarrassed because of how he looked while he was delighting himself in God. 2 Samuel 6:14-23 14   And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 15   So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 16   And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart. 17   And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. 18   And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts. 19   And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house. 20   Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! 21   And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. 22   And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. 23   Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

 

God is looking for such to worship Him today. He is fed up with our so-called righteous appearances and our so-called order of worship. He is looking for those who know how to lose themselves in Loving Him! Note, there is place for sincere and quite study. But, once that study takes you to the Person of Christ, that place of quite study should learn how to burst forth into shouts of joy and love. We seem so blind sometimes to the things of God and yet we need to look at our own lives. When we met our spouse, did we burst forth into song immediately or did that love grow within us as we spent time with them. Our love grew ever stronger as we listened to who they were and as we spoke of who we were to them. But the culmination of that love was not a dissertation of our love, it was ourselves, all of ourselves.

 

We need to learn how to cultivate the passion of Christ within our hearts. 2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. (Whole Chapter: 2 Timothy 1 In context: 2 Timothy 1:5-7) It seems that we’re experts of tilling up hardened ground for our gardens but have grown lazy when comes to tilling up the fire of our love for Christ. We’ve grown to think that if we plant enough seeds of good works like church attendance, giving of our time, talents, or gifts, that we would grow in favor with God. God says we can keep our seeds of so-called righteousness if will not learn how to till up the soil of our hearts for Him. Good works are good works just like seeds are seeds but they will only have benefit when the soil has been tilled.

 

What will till up the soil of our hearts for Christ? Learning how to delight in Him. Not learning how to delight in our appearance of knowing Him, but learning how to delight in Him! When passion grew in our hearts for our spouses while we were courting them, it grew from spending time with them. How much one on one time are we giving Him today? It’s only in the personal time with Him that the outward demonstrations of our lives will have the most effect for all eternity. He tells us that we can keep our outward demonstrations if we do not desire a walk of Love and Passion with Christ.

 

Heavenly Father, Thank You so much for giving Your all for us, Your Son! Teach us to go beyond our appearances and love You with all our hearts, souls, minds and strengths. In Jesus Glorious Name, Amen.

 

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