Delight Yourself in the Lord

Today’s memory verse from Writing in the Margins is Psalm 37:4:  “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  I know this is a well-loved verse by many, but I have to admit, every time I hear this verse, I think to myself:  “That’s really in the Bible?”  The thought our hearts’ desires could hinge upon something as light-hearted as “delight in the Lord” always feels like a fun surprise to me.  And I had so much fun illustrating this verse that it seemed like an opportune time to share the desires of my heart with God.

The upside of blogging my way through Writing in the Margins is that it keeps me motivated!  The downside is sometimes there are some deeply personal things I’d like to pray for in the margins of my Bible that I don’t want to share with the whole world.  So I made a tiny little envelope out of thin origami paper.  I also cut a little piece of paper to place in the envelope and wrote down all the desires of my heart.  Just three things made the list!  (But that’s my secret!!!)

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I’ve been working through the prompts at the end of Writing in the Margins for seven months now, and I am only about halfway through the relatively short book!  I thought I would be finished by now for sure!  I honestly don’t have the best track record when it comes to starting a new hobby and following through; I am thinking of my vegetable gardening efforts and my brief attempt at card making.  I always feel so enthusiastic at the start, but then I lose interest or life gets away from me.  At the start of this journey, I set a big goal for myself:  I’d like to do all the prompts in Writing in the Margins, but I also gave myself permission to just go at my own pace.  I told myself “There’s not a race to fill my Bible with illustrations.  It’s a big book!”  I hope to have a long life to keep doing this!  I think taking a very relaxed approach to this new venture has helped me to continue to find delight in the whole experience.  It just gets more and more delightful to spend time in the Word this way!

I love the verse Psalm 37:14, and I find the entire Psalm to be enormously comforting and reassuring.  As I reflected on the cross in my last post, my thoughts turned solemn and today, I’ll keep giving thanks for the way that the Christian faith gives me personal strength for whatever difficulties come my way, but this verse is a wonderful reminder that God cares for us and wants us to be joyful as we find our delight in God and walk in God’s ways!

This verse has me singing the second verse of the hymn “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”:

Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

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