Christian Fellowship 1997-01-07 - Delighting in God (Part II)

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

Delighting in God is something that is a distinct duty in the Christian life. God has, as it were, a quarrel with those who do not delight in Him. With those whose affections are distant from God there is the greatest indignity. We must say the account of Scripture is true, "The Lord is looking down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there are any who understand and seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one." (Ps. 14:2,3) We must ask, What is our present temper toward God? Do we love God in all circumstances? … in all occasions? It is true that God is out of sight, but the expression, "out of sight, out of mind" does not apply with respect to God. God may be and is out of sight, but He must not be out of mind. In fact, we would be out of our minds to have God out of our minds. God is out of sight because of the greatness of His being. For this reason He should be delighted in all the more, a deeper delight. Let us make the delight of God a great business of our lives. Let us apply our entire souls to this noble task. Here are some helps to delighting in God.

  1. Set certain and chosen times to think about and meditate on God. We should think that we have neglected one of the most important tasks of our day if we have left this out.

  2. Think often about God during the normal affairs of the day. How pleasant it would be, in the midst of our daily anxieties and toils to replenish the store houses of our minds with pleasant thoughts that delight in God.

  3. Be watchful of sin. We are all called to abide with God and it is a sad truth that when sin enters into our lives it does the greatest part of causing us to neglect placing our mind on the things of God. Drowning in carnality will go far in preventing our thoughts from turning to God. Being buried in earthliness will cause our delights to be most far from God.

  4. Remember God's all-self-sufficiency. It is a greater thing that God is God than it is that He is your God. This is a tough statement but it is a true statement. It is more crucial that God is who He is than it is that He is who He is to you. Are we in circles yet?

"God is more truly imagined than expressed, and he exists more truly than is imagined."--Augustine

"We trust not because 'a god' exists, but because this God exists." --C. S. Lewis

Soli Deo Gloria,