Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
While I don’t want to state this with every righteous requirement, we must never forget that Jesus became the Son of Man, walked this earth as the last Adam, and fulfilled all righteousness on our behalf. He wholeheartedly delighted Himself in His Father: “I always do the things that are pleasing to him” (John 8:29).
If that’s the case, will the Father give Him all the desires of His heart? Even now, as the Son of Man at the Father’s right hand, Jesus will receive His heart’s desires. Isn’t that exciting? Or are we so wrapped up in ourselves that we can only relate this verse to us and ourown desires?
What are some of His desires? In John, we read: “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). He will most certainly enjoy this desire.
What about us? What if I delight myself in the Lord? Will He not also give me the desires of my heart? There’s only one Biblical answer: “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). All delight in God comes from Jesus. He’s the Source: “All my springs are in you” (Ps. 87:7).
When we begin to understand God’s eternal purpose—for His Son to be “all, and in all” (Col. 3:11)—everything is seen in a different light, including today’s verse. The gospel is the eternal reality that God has called us “into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Cor. 1:9). When we’re in Him, we partake of His delight in the Father and receive accordingly. Isn’t that good news?
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