Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and he will provide for you what you desire the most.Psalm 37:4 TPT
The word delight means “to gain great pleasure, satisfaction, and happiness.” Additionally, another meaning of the Hebrew word for delight is “to be soft, tender.” I think lovers of God are those who are soft and tender toward him, always teachable, always pliable in his hands.
Wouldn’t you like those words to be a description of your relationship with God—one where both you and he enjoy time spent in each other’s presence? If that sounds good to you, then I have great news. God also wants that kind of delightful friendship, which develops through commitment, trust, and patience.
A growing relationship with the Lord is not drudgery, though it can be hard work. But the effort is a labor of love, because humans are designed to derive joy and fulfillment from being in God’s presence. The greatest pleasure we can experience in life is walking hand in hand with a Father who adores us.
On a practical level, what does delighting our soul in the Lord look like?
The greatest pleasure we can experience in life is walking hand in hand with a Father who adores us.
Did you notice in the verse above the mention of the springs of Eden? In this case, the springs of Eden are a direct reference to the flowing rivers of God’s abundance and pleasure. The rivers of Eden are rivers of bliss. Can you imagine rivers of bliss flowing through you as you lift your hands in worship? All our fountains are in him, and he makes us a garden of bliss for his glory. He enjoys us!
Jesus said that if we believe in him, that out of our innermost being would flow rivers of living water (John 7:38). I wonder if the rivers flowing out of God’s original garden (Eden) have any kind of message relative to the rivers that are supposed to be flowing out of God’s garden (our lives) today.
A drink becomes a river. Out of our innermost being, from deep within us, is birthed a river. Multiple rivers are flowing through us, rivers of grace, rivers of life, rivers of truth, and rivers of salvation.
This is the year for you to delight yourself in the Lord!
We love you friend,
Brian and Candice Simmons,
The Passion Translation Project
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