by James Smith
“The Believer’s Companion in Seasons of Affliction and Trouble” 1842
“Delight yourself in the Lord–and He shall give you the desires of your heart!” Psalm 37:4
He who delights in God has the desires of His heart–because they are in accordance with the purpose, promise, and pleasure of God.
The mind is thrown into the mold of God’s mind, and the soul cries from its inmost recesses, “Not my will–but may Your will be done!” Its pleasures are spiritual, permanent, and satisfactory. The desire for earthly things becomes very contracted–a little of the things of this poor world will satisfy a soul that is delighting in Jehovah.
Delighting in God always produces resignation and holy contentment. Whatever they have–they enjoy it as the undeserved gift of God; and they feel obligated and thankful for all. They would rather be conformed to God’s will–than have their own will. They know that His appointments are best–because they are infinitely wise, holy, and gracious. They can say, “I trust in You, O Lord, for You are my God! My times are in Your hand!” They find that godliness with contentment is great gain; and say with one of old, “The little that a righteous man has–is better than the riches of many wicked!” “Better a little with the fear of the Lord–than great treasure with turmoil.”
The presence, the promise, and the smile of God–are to them inestimably valuable; but other things are not so important. They seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness–and all other necessary things are added unto them. They live at the fountain–when all the streams are dried up! They delight in God–when creatures fade and wither!
by James Smith