This is a sermon my Dad, Jerry Trammell preached on August 25th 2004 from the Church He pastored, First Assembly of God, Dumas Texas.
DELIGHT IN THE LORD
Psalm 37:4 NKJV – Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
INTRO: For a few moments tonight I want to preach to you from the subject, “Delight yourself in the Lord.” When we speak of delighting yourself in the Lord, what are we talking about? Well, the word, “delight,” means, “great pleasure and great joy.” So then what was the Psalmist saying here in this verse that I read as my text? I believe that he was saying, “Take great pleasure and great joy in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
But let me ask you tonight, “What do you take great pleasure and joy in?” To a lot of people their delight is in sports, such as basketball, baseball, football, or hunting and fishing. I suppose these things that I have mentioned are more man things that men delight in. Women may delight in shopping, decorating, baking, or spending money, or countless other things.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying all the things that I have mentioned, but those things should not be our delight. Because delight is more than just joy or pleasure. It is, “great joy and great pleasure.” And the source of great joy and great pleasure should have a greater foundation than just some sports event or some other activity.
I believe that our delight should be in the Lord.
1. How does one delight in, take great pleasure and joy in the Lord?
One writer put it this way: “To delight in the Lord means that one takes great pleasure and joy in the ways of the Lord.” It means all things that pertain unto the Lord give you great pleasure because of the love that you have for Him. It means that you have a love and longing for the Word of God. It means that you have a deep desire and longing to commune with Him. It means that because you are sold out to Him, His commandments and expectations are not grievous to you, but they are a joy. For you do not look upon them as restrictions, but rather as God’s way of protecting you from harm.
2. Delighting in the Lord is something that we do for ourselves.
Notice again what my text said, “Delight yourself in the Lord.” I believe that this means that you have a choice in the matter. You choose as to whether or not you are going to delight in Him.
Your life will show what you are delighting in. Is your relationship with the Lord cold and lifeless? If it is then you are not delighting in the Lord. Do the things of this world hold more appeal to you than the things of God? If they do, then you are not delighting in the Lord. Is your walk with God an on again, off again experience? If it is then you are not delighting in the Lord. Has the business of your daily schedule pushed God to the side so that you only think of Him when some crisis hits? If it is then you are not delighting yourself in the Lord.
Oh, listen church, its time that we take inventory to see what delights us. If it is sports, or cars, or antiques, or camping, or television, or shopping, or computer, or whatever else?
What do you delight in?
3. Our delight should be in the Lord.
We should be consumed with desire for Him. We sing the chorus, “Lord you are.” It goes, “Lord you are more precious than silver; Lord you are more costly than gold; Lord you are more beautiful than diamonds; and nothing I desire compares with you.” Oh, Church, let the lyrics of that song be more than just words. Let those words express what our desire and longing is.
It is obvious from the writings of David that the Lord was His delight. He writes in Psalm 139:14, “I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works.” It becomes evident that because God was David’s delight, that he in turn became the Lord’s delight.
Psalm 139:17-18 NKJV – 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.
The last eight words of this verse speak volumes to me. It says, “When I awake, I am still with You.” David said those words after talking about, “How precious God’s thoughts were concerning him, and how numerous they are.” I believe that precious thoughts of God concerning David were generated by the fact that David’s delight was in God. It is obvious as David had thoughts of, “how marvelous the works of God were.” And because David delighted in the Lord it evoked a favorable response from the Lord towards him. And is this not in essence what God said in our Scripurtal text? “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
4. When you delight yourself in the Lord, when you make Him your great pleasure and joy of your life, it opens up the avenue for God to bestow His great blessings upon you.
Notice again my text: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” He didn’t say that He would give you just your needs. Be He said, “He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Now when the Psalmist David said this, he did not mean that if you delight in the Lord that He would become your sugar daddy. Or that He would give you your every whimsical desire. David knew that if we delight ourselves in the Lord that our desires would be for more and more of Him. Our desire would be to draw nearer and nearer to Him. And is this not in keeping with what the Bible says in other places in the Scripture.
James 4:8 NKJV – Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
5. What are some things that reveal that we are delighting in the Lord?
If you’re delighting in the Lord it will be revealed in that we will be experiencing a heightened joy of the Lord in your life. According to 1 Peter 1:8, those who delight in the Lord, even though they have never seen Him, will be filled with inexpressible joy. Peter says, “Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.”
People that delight themselves in the Lord will love the things that God Himself loves.
Those who delight in the Lord will love the Church. For the Bible says, “Jesus loved the church and gave Himself for it.” And if we delight in the Lord we will love what He loves and give ourselves for it also.
People who delight themselves in the Lord will meditate upon Him. Meditation is not the emptying of the mind in order to achieve some special state of ecstasy. Rather, it is filling our minds with the Word of the Lord, and the things that pertain to Him.
People who delight in the Lord will love spending time communing with Him. Oh, how I wished that God’s people would reach a place where, when they are in His presence, they would lose all sense of time, because of being so consumed by desire to commune with Him that nothing else matters. Instead, I find that Christians often want to rush right on through with the services and the preaching of the Word, instead of being consumed with desire to abide in His presence.
CONCL: Let each of us take time to take inventory in order to see what delights us. If you are delighting in the Lord as you should then the words of that chorus that I read earlier will be actually how you feel.