Delight in the Lord (No. 1)
"Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." (Prov 37:4) A simple yet profoundly deep and life-changing principal. "Delight" means to take great joy and pleasure in - to derive joy from. If something delights us, we want to experience it more. It drives us and we want to make sure that nothing gets in the way of our experiencing it. Delight in the Lord.
You could read this verse very shallowly and read it as a selfish action - we delight in the Lord SO THAT we get something ... If you do, your missing the point! This is NOT a "Give to Get" formula. Rather, it is selfless and life-changing. As we delight in the Lord, we want to know Him better. We spend more time with Him in prayer. We study His attributes and His desires. We sacrifice for others. We serve Him with our life. We give freely and generously because we are motivated to further the Kingdom. We become more like Him.
As we become more like Him, our desires change from being self-centered, focused on earthly things and pleasures, to being the same as His desires. We gain His perspective and His outlook. As a result, His will is done and, guess what, that IS our heart's desire. We also begin to know Him more intimately. Again, because this is our heart's desire. Old things are passed away and, behold, all things become new.
This simple Proverb can be life changing if you let it soak in deeply. Are your daily decisions motivated by your delight in the Lord? What will give Him the most glory? This is the essence of calling. This is the essence of the Christian walk ... we become like that in which we delight. Are you having trouble consistently abiding in the Lord and walking in His ways? Check your heart; what are you delighting in? Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. To His glory.