Psalms 37:4 - “Delight thyself also in the Lord,and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
What does “delight” mean? According to the online dictionary delight means pleasure, happiness, joy and bliss among other things. So to delight we must experience pleasure in thinking of the Lord, happiness in thinking of him and joy in thinking of him. We would also experience those things in being in his presence or in thinking of being with him forever.
Thyself really doesn't need any explanation. We could rephrase this verse you delight in the
Lord and mean the same thing.
But who is the Lord? What does this word mean in the Hebrew language and in this verse in particular? Lord in the Hebrew in this verse is the Hebrew word Yehovah and it is pronounced
yeh – ho-vaw' and means the self-existent or eternal, Jehovah or Jehovah the Lord. A quick research on how many times this word appears in the Bible gave the following results:
In the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (1961, 1984, 2013) published by the Jehovah's Witnesses through the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Jehovah appears 7,216 times, comprising 6,979 instances in the Old Testament, and 237 in the New Testament—including 70 of the 78 times where the New Testament quotes an Old Testament passage.
In the King James Version of the Bible the word Jehovah is only found seven times and only in
the Old Testament since the word for God all through the New Testament is Theos which is
Greek and means “The Supreme Divinity.” The Jehovah's Witnesses obviously corrupted the name of God numerous times in order to make it fit their false doctrine concerning the name of God.
“The New World Translation is unique in one thing – it is the first intentional, systematic effort at producing a complete version of the Bible that is edited and revised for the specific purpose of agreeing with a group's doctrine. The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Society realized that their beliefs contradicted Scripture. So, rather than conforming their beliefs to Scripture, they altered scripture to agree with their beliefs. The “New World Bible Translation Committee” went through the Bible and changed any Scripture that did not agree with Jehovah’s Witness theology. This is clearly demonstrated by the fact that, as new editions of the New World Translation were published, additional changes were made to the biblical text. As biblical Christians continued to point out Scriptures that clearly argue for the deity of Christ (for example), the Watchtower Society would publish new editions of the New World Translation with those Scriptures changed.” – This quote is from Got Questions online. The rest of the article can be found at their web site HERE.
And He (the Lord) will give thee (you) the desires of thine (your) heart. This is an amazing promise, but not so amazing as it would seem at first. God can make this promise and He can keep it because he knows that if our delight is in him then the only desires that we have are those that please him and bring honor and glory to him. This isn't talking about the self-centered praying of the worldly-minded Christian, but the true servants of God who want his will in their lives more than they want anything else. So he can grant the desires of our hearts for that very reason!
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