Monday, December 21, 2015

Delight Yourself

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Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

It's Monday of Christmas week and that verse resonates in our spirit, even more than usual.  For those of us who are Christians, there's a connection to the manger in our illustration.  That one is from the Catedral Metropolitano; Zona 1, Guatemala City, in 2009.  But our connection is to the original it depicts, some 2000+ years ago.

We celebrate the season through gift giving.  There's fun, lights, trees, presents, food, beverages.  An atmosphere of festivity.

Sometimes we can look at that verse and think of the presents and celebration, and the things we desire right now.  But, like every other verse, context is important.  Come see what I mean..

Psalm 37:4-6    Delight yourself also in the LORD,   And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.  He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.

Think about that passage.  It starts with "Delight yourself also in the LORD,".  It's not the gifts, the lights, the parties, the food and drink, the good times together.  All of that is great, but secondary. God wants our focus on Him.  Only then can we expect the desires of our heart.  Then comes v. 5!

Psalm 37:5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 

God takes it up a notch.  Not only should we delight in Him, but He adds commitment and trust. When we add those, getting the desires of our heart is a done deal!  But does that mean that really attractive person will want to marry us?  Will we get that car we always wanted?  Will our bills magically get paid off?  The answer is "Maybe.", but that's not what God's talking about.  Look at the next verse.

Psalm 37:6  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 

We have righteousness?  Our judgment is worthy of being shown off?  Think about the main verse from our last two posts:

Micah 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

He has shown us the way.  Justice, mercy, and humility.  But we can only have those qualities if we have a relationship with our Lord.  Which gives us His righteousness and judgment.  It's then that we delight in the Lord.  And, yes, gain the real desires of our heart, because, when we're thinking with God, our desire is more of Him!!!

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Christmas Eve, we're making a special announcement in our LifeNote for that day, "To You Is Born Today....".  You can find the post at Lifeletter Cafe after 9AM EST, December 24, 2015.  It's about the Kindle editions of our two books.  Both will draw you closer to God and we think you'll consider our announcement a very nice Christmas present from us.  Have a Blessed Christmas!

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