Monday, January 7, 2013

Delight

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4

What does it mean to delight? Some synonyms that come to mind are:
Long for
Take pleasure in
Desire
Love

What does Scripture say of those who delight in the Lord?
They study His ways (Psalm 111:2).
They delight to do His will (Psalm 40:8).
They delight in His law (Psalm 1:2).
They delight in His words (Jer. 15:16).
They delight in His testimonies (Psalm 119:24).

The problem is that we easily turn to things other than the Lord and delight in them.
“…when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” Gen. 3:6

We tend look to temporary things for satisfaction and delight, but only the Lord can fill that void. We need to remember our daily need to turn to Him, to call on Him for His power and strength, to seek Him, to delight in Him.

I think Psalm 37:4 is sometimes “overused” due to the second half: “…He will give you the desires of your heart.” Instead of focusing on what will happen (our desires fulfilled), we need to emphasize the first half: “Delight yourself in the Lord!”

Because what happens when we delight in the Lord? If we are focused on delighting in Him, our selfish desires will begin to fade, and we will desire what He desires. Our own desires don’t seem so important when compared to the lasting fulfillment He gives us. And His desires will begin to permeate our hearts. Thus as we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will fulfill the desires of our hearts.

God is not a means to an end, He is the end. We don’t “delight” so we can get what we want. We delight because He is the ultimate source of satisfaction.

May you be blessed as you delight in the Lord!



Allison

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Big and the Small Moments

 “The little moments of life are profoundly important precisely because they're the little moments that we live in and that form us. This is where I think "Big Drama Christianity" gets us into trouble. It can cause us to devalue the significance of the little moments of life and the "small-change" grace that meets us there. And because we devalue the little moments where we live, we don't tend to notice the sin that gets exposed there. We fail to seek the grace that is offered to us…

In these small moments [God] is delivering every redemptive promise he has made to you. In these unremarkable moments, he is working to rescue you from you and transform you into his likeness. By sovereign grace he places you in daily little moments that are designed to take you beyond your character, wisdom and grace so that you will seek the help and hope that can only be found in him. In a lifelong process of change, he is undoing you and rebuilding you again - exactly what each one of us needs!”
Paul Tripp, New Year's Resolutions
(emphasis mine)


Allison