Do You Delight in God?

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.”

Psalm 42:1

Ponder This

So many people think the secret to satisfaction is having a God who can give you everything. That is not the secret to satisfaction. The secret of satisfaction is the Lord Himself. Jehovah is my Shepherd. Your needs will never be met until they’re met in Him. Things will never satisfy you. So many people misunderstand Psalm 37:4, which says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Many think that means if I love Jesus, I can have a luxury car; but that isn’t what it means. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desire of your heart. What that means is when you delight in the Lord, the deepest needs of your heart will be met.

The desire of your heart is Jesus. That’s what your heart yearns for whether you know it or not. That’s what you were made for—for Him. The Bible says it is “in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). You’ll never be satisfied apart from Him. It’s not what He gives me but that He gives me Himself.

  • When have you felt your deep need for Jesus? What was that like?
  • What would it look like to have Jesus as the desire of your heart? What things would change in your life immediately?

Practice This

Think about someone who has lived as an example of having Jesus as the desire of his or her heart. Ask that person to share his or her testimony with you.

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