Clay in the Potter’s Hands

14 Aug

“Delight thyself also in the Lord;

and he shall give thee

the desires of thine heart.”

Psalm 37:4

Perhaps one of the most quoted verses when it comes to waiting on God or trusting His plan for our lives is this one. Long before I discovered Ephesians 3:20, this verse was on the top of my list of Favorites, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I did a study focused on it.

Once again, I was amazed by the Light that a word-study shed on the meaning of this verse.

When I think of delighting in something, I think of finding joy in it. Finding joy in the Giver of Joy, Himself, can definitely make seasons of waiting sweeter. However, I found that the word “delight” in this verse comes from the Hebrew word, anag, meaning to be soft and pliable.

To delight in the Lord means to be soft and pliable in His Hands. To be sensitive to the Leading of His Spirit and quick to follow His Direction when it comes to His will.

As a potter can do his best work when the clay is moist and responsive, our Lord can show Himself strong in our lives when we stay tender to His Touch.

There’s a Divine Promise in this verse. When we delight, He blesses with the granting of our desires.

Does this mean our every request and selfish want will be granted?

I don’t think so because I believe that constantly abiding in a soft and pliable state will result in a greater knowledge and understanding of our God, create a heart that is more inclined to His Will. The longer we stay on His Wheel in a condition fit for molding, the more we’ll become like Him. It’s there we will find Him changing our selfish desires to desires that line up with His Plan.

So how do we say soft and pliable? How do we truly delight in the Lord?

Clay is most workable when it’s wet. The same in true with our hearts. They must stay wet with the “water of the Word” (Eph. 5:26) if we desire to be usable.

It’s when we allow our hearts to harden, when we lost sight of His Plan and resist His molding that we find our desires unfulfilled. Unfulfilled not because He’s not keeping His Promise, but because we’ve failed to meet the condition of His Promise. He only promised granting if we’re delighting.

Hardened clay cracks easily, and it must be broken in order to made over again. Our Potter loves us too much to let us live this life “more abundantly” (John 10:10) that He died to give us, unsatisfied.

So He picks us up and makes us “again another vessel, as (it) seem(s) good to the Potter to make it.” Jer. 18:4

Oh Lord, give me a soft and pliable heart that I may delight in You
and live the abundant life You so lovingly offer to me
 though I am undeserving!
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