Desire + Disipline = Delight

bible journaling delight

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

Desire

"Desire" means to long for, deeply want (like Hannah desiring a child).  Desire is the launching pad to prayer. Desire is the catalyst that turns work into a labor of love. When your greatest desire is to learn more about Him, He will fulfill that desire!

Spiritual desire is given by the Holy Spirit. When we allow it, he controls our cravings. 

 Discipline

If we're going to have a breakthrough in our understanding of God and what He has planned for us, we'll need to be disciplined. The cure to discontentment is patient trust in Yahweh and perseverance.  

We know we need to read the Bible, pray, and focus on God, but our flesh still wants to sleep in, surf the Internet, and go shopping, the issue is less about our thoughts and more about our desires.  Even if you devise the perfect strategy and connect it to a slew of applications and reminders, it will still fail. Our flesh will lead us in the wrong direction.

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Romans 7:15

We must not only desire it but also be prepared to put in the effort required to obtain it.  When God proclaimed to His people in Jeremiah 29:13, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart," He meant exactly that.

In Psalm 37:5–6. David urges us to "commit" our lives to God. All worries about life should be given to the Lord, "and he will do it," implying that the Lord will take care of the matter.
 
Spiritual discipleship fails due to a lack of spiritual hunger (desire). How do we that desire? So simple: just ask for it.  Lift up your eyes to the hills. God wants you to help. He is a God of power, knowledge, majesty, and immeasurable. 
 
 
God will give you a new heart. 
 
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. Ezekiel 36:26-27
 
 
David said, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law [instruction] he meditates. God has always desired for His children to keep the Word hidden in their hearts. Meditation is an extremely efficient method for accomplishing this. Meditation is accomplished by repeating a specific passage in your mind.
 

Delight

To take pleasure in the Lord's service, to enjoy his fellowship, is to "delight" in him. When we "delight" in the Lord we will be rewarded with their heart's desire, i.e., we will grow closer to God. When we trust Him and, do good, we delight in God’s blessings. The word "delight" is derived from a root that implies "to have been raised in luxury, to be pampered."  

 
When you make pursuing God a habit, it becomes more than a goal or a discipline it becomes a delight.  God's presence, and the goals He formed in David, were a life-giving place for David to live. That is why, in Psalm 23:2–3, David says,
 
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He takes me alongside quiet rivers.
He heals my soul.
For the sake of his name,
he leads me in the paths of righteousness.
 
David's relationship with God had progressed to the point where spending time with Him and following His instructions was no longer a chore or a duty - these things were a true delight.
 
God creates a delight in Himself in our hearts as we direct our desire and discipline in this direction.  That is how true breakthrough occurs. 
 
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6–7
 
 
 
 
 

 

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