Learn to Giggle
Psalms 37:3 – 7 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Of all the Psalms we have studied so far on our journey, this Psalm has more scenic overlooks for me than any other. I no sooner get back out onto the road and start moving through the Psalm and I must turn off and contemplate the beauty of what God is saying to me. Time does not permit me to take you through every stop, so let me focus on where I spent most of my time this morning.
In verses 3-7 we are given four guidelines that if followed will bring great blessing to our lives. Here they are:
- Trust in the Lord and do good. When we fully trust our lives to God’s care, then we can fully do God’s will knowing that the outcome is in God’s hands. When we do, we are promised a dwelling place and the provision of all of our needs.
- Delight yourself in the Lord. More about this in a moment.
- Commit your way to the Lord. In everything you do, do it all in the name of the Lord and for His honor and glory and this will be the result – you will be declared righteous and just in the sight of all men. Even though they may speak evil against you for a time, your consistent commitment to Christ will shine the light of Jesus into their lives. (Matt. 5:16 – let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.)
- Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Even though you may suffer for your stand for Christ, be still. Don’t try to fix everything. Don’t look for manmade solutions. Wait patiently for God’s timing and outcomes, and keep doing good. (1 Peter 4:19 – So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.)
But back to #2 – Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. When you read that the first time where did your mind quickly focus its attention? Mine went right to getting the desires of my heart. How quick we are to jump into selfishness. How fast we are to latch on to any statement that fulfills our own objectives. The flesh is easily resurrected, isn’t it?
Why are we not first drawn into the delight we are to have in the Lord? I think it’s because our hearts are not soft and pliable enough to find joy in the simple things God is doing for us and giving us each day. The word delight is interesting. It is used only 10 times in the Bible, and two of them are right here in this Psalm. The word means to be soft, pliable, dainty, and delicate. One Hebrew dictionary even uses the term effeminate. Not a great word to describe the men who are reading this, or the one writing it. We want power. We want action. We want adventure. We want to be tough. But God wants us to be soft enough and in touch with our emotions enough to know Him intimately. Let me try to make the application for all of us, male or female.
I have a grandson who is adventuresome. He is mister activity. When he was younger He loved horses, and would ride his stick-horse all around the house every day. It’s the first thing he went for whenever he arrived at our house. He put on his hat, grabbed the horse, and galloped around yelling “Giddy up, cowboy!” He was having fun.
But one evening I saw him truly take delight in something. He came out to the kitchen carrying a book that made sounds to accompany the pictures. He wanted to show me something. He sat down in the middle of the floor and turned to a page with a picture of a man sleeping. He pushed the sound button and I heard snoring. He waited for a response from me. “Where’s that snoring coming from?” I asked. He started to giggle, and giggle, and giggle. He was taking delight in the response the sound of snoring was bringing from me. There was no activity, no running around, and no adventure. He was quiet and soft and pliable, and he was delighted.
We need to sit down and be soft and pliable before God. We need to realize that our greatest moments of delight will be found in hearing a response from God, and that God speaks in a still, small, and soft voice that is impossible to hear above the noise and adventure of our lives. The response we will hear is God’s will as He replaces our desires with His desires for our life, and then grants them.
What portion of our day is spent in pursuing the adventure of our own desires based on the strength of our own hearts? How often have we really heard the still small voice of God because we are making so much noise with our own activity? Men, why are we so afraid to be soft once in a while? God promised that when we are, He will give us the desires of our hearts. It is in the delicate moments of Christ infiltrating our hearts and softening them that we become real men – men who know the heart of God and understand His desires for our lives.
God didn’t ask us to not be men. He didn’t ask us to become effeminate. He didn’t ask us to stop taking risks and enjoying adventure and using our power. He just asked us to take delight in Him by staying soft enough to hear from Him.
So take some time today and every day to sit down and learn to giggle by hearing the voice of the Lord. It will not only refresh you, but it’s contagious to those around you.