Psalm 37: Day 3

Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalms 37:4)

We hear a lot these days about how God is so crazy about us that He wants to fill our lives with all that the world has to offer, that He wants to satisfy all our desires. According to one well known speaker, God wants us to have our best life now! And, He makes it so easy. Speak it, believe it, and its yours.

That’s not what the bible says is it? Right here, in these few words, we see a different message. To delight means to find pleasure in, be satisfied, to enjoy. The psalmist begins by telling us to delight in the Lord. How do we that? In 2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul tells us to examine ourselves, let’s start there.

Our worship. Do we make it more about us than about God? Is it more about our getting those “warm fuzzy” feelings than than about glorifying Christ? Does our worship draw more us into ourselves or closer to God?

Our heart’s desire. Is it for the things of the world or the things of God? Do we long to satisfy our flesh or satisfy the Lord?

He [the Lord] will give. Yes, there it is. There is the promise. I’m sure you’ve heard “the heart wants what it wants”; what is it that your heart wants? When we set our heart on the Lord, when the desire of our heart is less of self and more of Jesus, He will not just give us our desire, He will give abundantly, to overflowing, without measure.

Let our prayer today be “give me more Lord, more of You”.

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Psalm 37: Day 2

Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. (Psalms 37:3)
  • The Psalmist instruction here is so simple:
    • Trust God
    • Do good
    • Grow in righteousness

Simple, and yet it seems so hard. Notice the order. First snd foremost, we must trust God.

As far as growing in righteousness, that is only possible by the power of the Holy Spirit abiding within us, a power we receive when we put our trust in God. Left to our own efforts, we fail. Paul writes that it is “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe” (Romans 3:22). The prophet Isaiah tells us that all of our own righteousness is like filthy rags.

Until and unless put our trust in God, in the person of Jesus Christ, the bible teaches that there is no hope for doing good for there nothing good in us.

Where are you? Are you trying in your own effort to “do” or are you trusting God to grow in you His goodness and righteousness?

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