This is one of my favorite verses, Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Once again, here’s an expectation for us as Christians. We are told to ‘delight’ ourselves in the Lord. Our relationship with the Lord ought to bring us more joy, satisfaction, and pleasure than any other relationship, activity, or material possession that we have in our life. It’s a simple question, “What brings us delight?” It ought to be Jesus and if not, we have some adjustments to make.
I left this for last; the Beatitudes are not a message for non-believers. His message was for followers of Christ. This message is an outline of Godly living. A message of hope in times of trouble. If you look back at each of these you will notice that each verse starts with a problem, so to speak, followed by an encouragement.
This verse seems fairly self-explanatory. When we look at it closely, we can see that we are warned; we will be reviled and persecuted because of Christ. We have already discussed persecution but let’s look at the word revile. According to the 1828 version of Webster’s dictionary, the word revile is a contemptuous language; in other words, when people speak against you.
Persecution is one of those words that we don’t use much in our everyday language. It can be difficult to understand. Many times we think of biblical persecution such as with the apostles and what they endured. That is not the only type of persecution, however. Persecution can be when the majority, or close to, are against you for your belief, color, ethnicity, or the likes. So, in this verse Jesus talks about being persecuted for righteousness’ sake. In other words, people coming against you for trying to live a Godly life and do what is right in Gods eyes.
As for all of us, this verse is not just for those whose job is to keep peace. God’s word is pretty clear on those who stir up trouble. Proverbs 17:14 says “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore, stop contention before a quarrel starts.” There are many, many other verses that speak about those who cause trouble. Matthew’s writing tells us that God blesses those who stop strife and quarrels.
This one is a little harder to cover without going on for days. Pure in heart; who is pure in heart? Can anyone be truly pure in heart? Jeremiah 17:9 states, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” So, if the heart is deceitful, how can anyone be pure in heart?