In response to the question, “What do we do when it looks like the wicked are winning?”, we first saw that we are to trust the Lord (Psalms 37:3). The second directive is to delight in the Lord.
The word delight means to be soft, pliable, and flexible. When we look further, “delight” implies be happy and fulfilled in God.
Delight in His Person
Throughout scripture God has shown Himself in different ways:
- In the beginning, God showed Himself as creator.
- In Genesis, God showed Himself as El Shaddai (the breasty one).
- In Exodus, God showed Himself to Moses as Jehovah (I am that I am).
- In Isaiah, God is described as simply Holy.
- In the New Testament, Jesus said that when we pray, we call God Father.
Delight in His Power
We serve the true and living God. Our God has unlimited power. God is so powerful that He created the world with His words.
Delight in His Plan
When we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart.
This comes from intimate time with the Lord. God wants to get to our heart so that He can align our heart with His.
“Don’t pray according to what you think you can handle. Let God put the desire in your heart.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
All of Psalm 37 happens in the context of abiding with Him and being pliable for Him to use. We see this idea in John 15:7 as well: If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.