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Delighting in the Lord

I had a good conversation with a young man yesterday. He is struggling with the concept of worship. After leading worship in countless church services, youth camps and concerts, he has come to the end of himself. “I just don’t know what real worship is,” he said to me.

This young man is one of thousands of young people discovering that an hour of singing at church each week just isn’t cutting the worship muster anymore. They are the Christ Followers of today suffering from a hunger which cannot be satiated by organized religion. Simply put, the source of that hunger is also the satisfaction of it: the LORD

The Book of Psalms in the Bible is full of worship to the LORD. Some of the Psalms are very sad indeed, when David is personally spent, looking for relief from his enemies. But many of the chapters just come from the heart of a young shepherd boy, alone, tending sheep, with only his voice and an abiding love for the LORD and all His creation. King David of Israel was known as a worshipper of the LORD; a man after God’s own heart.  

The first few verses of Psalm 37 are about delighting in the LORD.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.

4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

   (New American Standard)

This passage calls Christ Followers to delight in the LORD. In English the word is LORD. But in Hebrew, that word is YHWH, or Yaweh. It means to delight in the Creator of all things; to recognize that the beauty all around us is His doing; to follow His guidelines; to commit days to His oversight; to do the daily work of life and as a result, He will give us the desire of our heart which will then be to further desire after Him, or to do what He delights in. It is a beautiful circle and it deepens our love for Him as well as our sense of security in His love for us. I think this is awesome!   

I talked to this young man yesterday about the aspect of delighting in the LORD as a gateway to more meaningful worship. We agreed, if the spiritual hunger to worship God is there, then delighting in Him is a great pathway leading to the satisfaction of that hunger through deeper worship.

I am excited to see where this hunger among our youth for deeper worship will lead the Church. I believe there are exciting days ahead!


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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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