Be Diligent In Your Delight

8/17/2001

James 4:8, Proverbs 13:4, Psalm 37:4. See also John 15:1-17, Hebrews 11:6, Psalms
145:17-18

James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you….” Over the last few
days the meaning of this has been reinforced in my own life. Saturday night I decided to
spend some time in prayer. I thanked God for his goodness in my life. I prayed for things
in my own life – anxieties, troubles, desires, and the like. And I prayed for the people on
the worship teams that Sunday. When I did this, I was drawing near to God, sharing my
life with Him, and my heart. The next day, I realized how important drawing near to Him
is. My attitude was drastically improved. I was scheduled to run sound Sunday morning,
but the drummer couldn’t make it, so I ended up playing drums instead. Typically, I find
that I struggle with my confidence up there and also my ability to concentrate. But I
found that it was a lot easier to play that morning. Not only was I blessed with the
opportunity to play, but also to enjoy it more than usual. Later on I notice that it was
easier to fellowship with others and be myself, with greater confidence. Well, it turned
out to be a very long day – Worship Team that morning, a birthday party in the afternoon,
and Worship Team again that night, all with only a 5-minute nap! While I was tired at the
end of the day, I was not weary, as I often am. I believe that the time I spent in prayer the
night before made all of the difference in the world.

Tuesday night, I again spent some quality time in prayer. Then, Wednesday morning, I
was being my usual lazy self when I recalled what Pastor James was talking about
Sunday night, in Proverbs 13:4, “The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the
soul of the diligent shall be made rich”. The word desire recalled another verse in Psalm
37:4, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your
heart.” How similar are these verses. They both speak of desires, but I noticed how
similar the words delight and diligent are spelled. So I looked them up in the dictionary.
Delight of course means, “to take great pleasure” or “to give joy or satisfaction to”.
Diligent means, “Characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic application and effort.”
And to my amazement diligent comes from a Latin word meaning, “to esteem, love”.
How similar to delight is that, not only in spelling but also in meaning!

I have a tendency to be lazy. I am also a dreamer (and dreaming comes from my desires).
So many of my dreams are unfulfilled because of my laziness, and how true is Pr. 13:4 in
my own life. But if I were more diligent, my soul would be rich and my desires would be
fulfilled. If I delight myself in the LORD, He will grant me the desires of my heart. If only
I were more diligent, if only I more delighted myself in the LORD, what more could He
do in my life!

Saturday and Tuesday, I drew near to God by prayer and petition. I was delighting myself
in Him. In turn He drew near to me and granted me the desires of my heart (to be more
confident and for Him to speak to me through His Word). My delight in Him needs to be
“Characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic application and effort.” I need to be
more diligent in my delight of Him. And my soul will become rich and my desires will be
fulfilled.

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