“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
The sure sign of someone’s conversion is their heart. You can mask your actions but changing the heart is not something that can be faked. That is the dilemma man finds himself in. His conscience may tell him what is right but his will is ensnared in sin and seems to always fall short.
The sure litmus test of where our heart stands is our joy. Conversion touches this part of us and turns the focus of our joy from earthly things to spiritual things. A born again man can actually delight in the Lord. The Lord Himself becomes the source and the focus of our joy. Here is how Andrew Murray sees it.
“God is an ever-flowing fountain out of which streams the love and desire to make His creatures partakers of all the holiness and the glory there is in Himself. This desire for the salvation of souls is indeed God’s perfect will, His highest glory. He shares this with His children who are prepared to yield themselves to Him. In this we are the likeness and image of God: to have a heart in which His love takes complete possession and leads us to find our highest joy in loving as He does. Delight yourself in the Lord, and in His life of love, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Count upon it that your desire, rising up to heaven, will be answered. If we delight in what God delights in, we may be sure that God inspires our prayers and they will be answered. Then our prayer becomes, “Your desire, my Father, is mine. Your holy will of love is my will, too.”
I never thought in a million years that I would find happiness and true joy in spiritual endeavors. I understood the enjoyment of sports or pleasure found in the more carnal, worldly pursuits; but joy in God? That was not on my radar. I thought the very definition of religion was sacrificing joy for some sort of austere God. Joy was never part of that equation.
What does it take to change all of that? One moment in His presence. The Lord is the very personification of joy. There is never sadness on Him or around Him. Joy is emanating from His very being. So get ready for a life change, or even better; get ready for a heart change. Don’t be surprised when today’s verse becomes your story.