This psalm gives instruction about the rewards of living in obedience to the Lord. It carries forward the themes of fruitful work and the blessing of children. This psalms speaks of a joy and happiness that comes from walking in the ways of God.
Though faith is challenging, and following Christ is never easy, it does and can give us great joy. The more we allow God to shape our hearts the more our hearts rejoice in doing what God desires. The more we continue to seek after God the more we long to walk in the ways of God and our hearts becomes more grateful and excited to please God.
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and the Lord will give you the desires of your heart.” Often we think that if we can love God more then God will give us the things we want. Perhaps we can be challenged to think differently. What if we think about taking delight in God, and therefore God will give us the DESIRES that our hearts SHOULD have? Taking delight in God is beautiful in itself for we experience the life-giving presence of God, and through that, God shapes and molds our hearts to have God-like desires. We can have a true desire to follow and live like Christ lived, and love all people. We, too, can have this joy and happiness to walk in the ways of God that our psalmist speaks of today.
May we seek after that joy in happiness in walking in the ways of God. We might ask, “What ask are those ways?” Comment on ways you believe God calls us to walk. What ways are we to walk in love? Who is our neighbor with whom we should walk in the ways of love?