When we look at people around us, we often wish we could have what they have, yet to get there we may have to do what they do. And if that is wrongdoing, there is a better way. Delight in God and find a better satisfaction. Tune your heart to the Lord’s will and ways…
1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
The promise that God will give us the desires of our hearts is in the context of us looking at the people around us who do not trust or revere the Lord and being envious. We wish we could have what they have, yet to get there we may have to do what they do. God says don’t fret about that.
There is a better way. Do not follow the path of evil to pursue what you think is good. The outcomes of that path wither like grass. They die like plants that have had their season.
Rather, God says we should trust in him and do good. When he says to dwell in the land and enjoy his safe pasture, it is his pasture on his land.
How do we delight ourselves in the Lord? We often delight in the attributes of God, yet what about delighting in him? That every part of us would worship the Lord…
That’s not normally how we think about delight. We think about taking delight as enjoying ourselves and having the experiences of the world tickle our fancies. It’s all about us. That’s delight to us.
And so, we delight in God’s goodness and his provision and his favour and many elements of his interactions with us. It is the outcomes of our relationship with God that we often focus on. Think about what this can mean if we suddenly do not feel the same about God’s provision. We might stop delighting in God because our delight in God is conditional. Our delight in God depends on God being satisfactory to us. That’s conditional.
What we see here in Psalm 37 is that the process of delighting in the Lord is informative to the desires of our hearts. There is a tuning of the heart to the Lord’s will and ways in the process of delighting in him. It starts and centres, however, around the intimacy of relationship we have directly with the Lord.
Delight in God and we will find a better satisfaction than envying the evil.
So how does this work? It works by committing our ways to the Lord. It works by being still before him and waiting patiently for him. The evil may rise for a season or several. God’s reward for you will shine like the dawn. And that’s an eternal promise. Not just for today…
Envy is temporary. God’s fulfillment is planted in your heart so that your desires increasingly match his gifts and blessings to you. Delight yourself in the Lord…