Monday, May 16, 2005

The Desires of Your Heart

Dr. Charles Stanley in his on-line "In Touch" devotional for today (May 16th) had an excellent commentary on what Psalms 37:4 "really" means. "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." - Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

Delight in the Lord

Often we have taken the wrong meaning from this verse. Read your Bible every day, say a few prayers, do the "right" things and God will give you everything you ask for. WRONG!

These thoughts from Dr. Stanley give a much more realistic and truthful perspective:

"God's greatest interest is not giving us a hand-out, but rather giving us more of Himself. Our self-indulgent prayers overlook the first requirement the promise's fulfilllment: delight in the Lord. We are to take pleasure in time spent communing with Him or serving Him. As we read Scripture and share our heart with God in prayer, we will experience His work in our life and our trust in Him will deepen. Over time, our growing confidence in God means that we begin to appropriate His ways of thinking. Commiting to God's plan, which is the second requirement, reforms our heart's desires until they look like His own wishes for us. Even so, sometimes what God provides appears very different from what we requested. But when He hears our short-sighted appeals, He answers based on His infinite knowledge and great love-instead of giving us what we think we want, He bestows the perfect answer to our prayer. "

Let's delight in who He is today! Rejoice in His goodness, revel in His holiness, be refreshed by His mercies which are new every morning!

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