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Delight in the Lord in the New Year!

Psalm 37:3-5

“3 - Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. 4 – Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5 – Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.”

In this passage in the Psalms, David is proclaiming the importance of trusting in the Lord, taking delight in him, and committing everything to him.

To truly delight or find happiness in something, we must know it well. Think about something you enjoy or delight in. It could be a person, place, thing, or event. You enjoy it, look forward to it, take delight in it because you are familiar with it and you know it well – deeply and sometimes intimately.

To delight in the Lord means we must get to know him better and cultivate a relationship with him. Just like we would develop a friendship with someone or a relationship with a significant other/spouse - we can only truly enjoy, appreciate, and delight in them when we know them better. That comes through communication, studying, and listening.

The same is true with knowing the Lord. Prayer, bible study, worship, and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and speak to us is how we will grow in knowledge and therefore delight in the Lord.

To commit means to entrust everything – lives, studies, athletics, friendships, jobs, finances, hardships, successes – any and everything our lives present should fall under the umbrella of trusting in the Lord’s plan for your life and that He is in control. Commitment to Christ is trusting that His way is better than ours and that he is working out the best for our lives.

Thought & Application:

-What can you do differently in your life because of this passage?

-How can you take action with what God has shown you?

-Think about something you delight in (or are committed to). What steps can you take today to delight more (or make a commitment) in the Lord?

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