It’s a Command, Not a Suggestion

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Heavenly Father, delight ourselves in you? That’s a foreign concept to some of us that were raised to be quiet, mild-mannered, and “reverent” towards you. For others of us, it’s a convicting memory of days when we loved you with abandon and childlike joy.

But no matter our story, we take this command to festive delight and healing joy seriously. Turn up the music of the Gospel to 11, and compel us to join you on the dance floor of your kindness, grace, and welcome.

Sabotage our every reason for hanging back—whether it’s shame, anger, fear, busyness, our Enneagram #, or some other lame excuse. We are most alive when we are most alive in you, Father.

Restore to us the joy of our salvation. Renew in us our first love for Jesus. Release us from the dusty dungeon of our self-pity, self-righteousness, self-preoccupation, self-loathing, and self-justifying ways.

By the Spirit with which you sealed us, and now indwell us, fill our hearts with a new song, fresh hope, and Gospel-wonder. So very Amen we pray in Jesus’ beautiful and sufficient name.