Psalm 86 – Enjoy God!

by | June 8, 2020


Bring joy to your servant’s life, because I appeal to you, Lord. For you, Lord, are kind and ready to forgive, abounding in faithful love to all who call on you. (Psalms 86:4-5)

How much joy do you find in God? That’s what this Psalmist is praying for. Maybe you’ve never really thought about enjoying God before. You’ve thought about serving God, obeying God, and glorifying God, but you’ve never really thought seriously about enjoying God.

Maybe to you, God is the guy who just tells you the things you should and shouldn’t do, and it’s always the things you shouldn’t do that you want to do, and the things you should do that you don’t want to do. So enjoying God sounds like enjoying broccoli, kale salad, or brown rice. You’ve put God in the category of things you should have in your life — that’s why you’re reading something like this — but you’re probably not going to enjoy it.

Here’s the problem with that mindset: You can’t serve God, obey God, or please God unless you enjoy God. One of the most repeated things God commands you to do is to enjoy him. Especially in the Psalms. Like Psalm 37: “Delight yourself in the Lord.” Or Psalm 32: “Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; and shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.” Psalm 67: ”Let the nations be glad and sing for joy.” Why? Because as this Psalm says, God is “kind and ready to forgive, abounding in faithful love to all who call on him.”

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