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Prayer Keys - Delight in the Lord

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Sermon shared by Mark Stepherson

May 2011
Summary: As we repeatedly expose ourselves to scripture, as we anticipate receiving help, strength, joy, and other blessings from the Bible, as we experience the hope of his promises, we will learn to delight in God’s law and in God himself. Then we will pray with
Series: Prayer Keys
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Pslams 37:4

To delight is to be happy about or to get great pleasure from. Our relationship with God should bring us more satisfaction, more pleasure, more joy than any other relationship or possession we have. To be honest with you, that is not always true of me.

Some people try to find delight in feelings, the tingle down the spine, but feelings can be misunderstood. Maybe you heard about the young lad who told his new girlfriend, “Wow! When I took you in my arms, I felt chills go down my spine.” She said, “Oh, I’m sorry. My popsicle is dripping.”

Feelings can be misunderstood. They can also turn on you, as people with chronic pain or those going through chemotherapy can tell you.

Some people try to find delight in other people, but that can lead to disappointment.

I read a sermon in which a pastor described himself as being very shy in high school. A friend decided to help him with a blind date. He was terrified. He was sure she would be plain and dull and he would be stuck with her. His friend assured him she was beautiful and dynamic. “But,” his friend said, “if you look at her and want to back out, I have a plan that always works. Start gasping like you can’t breathe, ‘Uh... uh... uh...’ then grab you chest, then say, ‘Uh... I’m sorry... my asthma... I can’t... can’t make it... make it tonight.’” His friend guaranteed it would work.

The young, future pastor was uncomfortable with the idea, but he went along with it. The night arrived and he saw her for the first time. She was better than he had imagined. She was everything his friend said, everything he desired. She was delightful. He was suddenly speechless. He smiled and said, “Ahhh... ahhh...” She smiled then said, “Ahhh... ahhh...” She stopped smiling and said, “Ah... I’m sorry... my asthma...”

Trying to find delight in people can lead to disappointment.

Some people try to find delight in food. I’ve tasted Sunny Delight, the orangy drink, but I don’t think it lives up to its name. There’s a dessert called cherry delight that comes much closer.

Why is it that the most delightful foods tend to be high in calories or sugar or fat or salt or something that is not good for us, but healthy foods tend to be bland? Americans would be much healthier if raw broccoli tasted like rocky road ice cream. Chili cheeseburgers would not be so tempting if they tasted like cauliflower.

Some people try to find delight in food, but food provides just temporary pleasure. Food may also turn against you. I have the gall bladder to prove it.

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

What do we desire? Is it to pay off the mortgage before retirement? Is it to see children grow up and succeed? I’m sure we all have desires we passionately, fervently wish fulfilled. Do we desire the Lord with the same passion, the same fervency? Do we desire intimacy, do we desire fellowship with God our Lord, Creator, and heavenly Father?

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Our relationship with God should bring us more satisfaction, more pleasure, more
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