Psa.37:4,5 – Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
This language is foreign to the lost man. He knows about delighting in football or fishing; he knows about the delight of hamburgers, jambalaya, or ice cream; he even knows about the pleasures found in a bottle or in the arms of a lover. To delight in God, that is something unexplainable to the lost soul. You must be born again if you are to know what it means to delight in God. Adam Clarke said, “Delight thyself also in the Lord. Expect all thy happiness from him, and seek it in him”. John Bunyan described this phenomenon like this, “The desires of God, and the desires of the righteous, agree in one; they are of one mind in their desires”. So where does this radical shift come from? It is the fruit of being born again, only the new creature can enjoy and delight in spiritual things.
This passage also talks about committing your way to the Lord. This is how Dick Mills describes what it means to commit your way to the Lord.
“ galal (gah-lahl); Strong’s To roll, roll down, roll away, remove. In Gen. 29:3, galal refers to rolling the stone from the well’s mouth. In Josh. 5:9, the reproach of Egypt is rolled off from Israel. In this text, the reader is encouraged to roll his works into God’s care). The picture is of a camel, burdened with a heavy load; when the load is to be “removed, the camel kneels down, tilts far to one side, and the load rolls off.”
Once you begin to find your joy in the Lord you begin to recognize His ability to carry you through anything. Roll whatever you are carrying over on the Lord, He will carry your burden and carry you through your troubles.
David also said to trust the Lord. I love this; DELIGHT – COMMIT – TRUST. Trusting the Lord comes from getting to know Him. Here is Charles Spurgeon on trusting Him.
“Trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Our destiny shall be joyfully accomplished if we confidently entrust all to our Lord.”
So this is your pathway to joy- Delight, commit and trust; you will live in the joy of the Lord.