Delight Yourself in the Lord

Delight Yourself in the Lord

Delight Yourself in the Lord 

This blog post was written by a friend of mine whom I will leave anonymous.

 

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

 

How doggedly I pursue joy and pleasure; it drives my choices almost minute by minute.

Things that I do:

  • Watch TV. 
  • Converse with my wife or the kids.
  • Visit my grandchildren or look forward to their visits. 
  • Golf, practice golf, buy golf clubs and I think about golf. 
  • Work out for the pleasure of losing weight or being thin.
  • Work puzzles, I volunteer at church, and I go for walks.
  • I go to Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee.

These are just “neutral or wholesome” things I do for pleasure.

But I don’t want to consider all of my negative or unwholesome or sinful actions that I pursue for pleasure.

Are the wholesome pleasures and desires that “Psalms 37: 4” promise me if I delight myself in the Lord?

I think not!   

In fact, I think that conclusion is to misunderstand God’s Word here.

I believe my “focus objective” and dogged pursuit should be to pursue God Himself for pleasure.

Perhaps this one area is where I can be completely self-centered and seek personal pleasure while simultaneously obeying God and pleasing Him.

I needn’t even ask if it refers to unwholesome desires.

I expect that as I pursue God doggedly, even without the pursuit of pure or highest motives at the start, that I will over time, become more and more astounded at…

His glory, His love, His mercy, His compassion!

That I will begin to become so righteously enamored with Him that my pursuit for pleasure will become a pursuit of pleasure in Him.

At that moment I will have delighted so much in the Lord that He will have given meet the desires of my heart, which will be sweet, unhindered fellowship with Him.

So, what should I conclude?

I am free to choose, for my own pleasure, to pursue God relentlessly…

…and it will please Him.

 

Delight Yourself in the Lord 

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God Transforms His Bride

God Transforms His Bride

God Transforms His Bride

Imagine a baby girl, who is born to a diseased, drug-addicted mother and an insane homeless man.

This pitiful young girl from the slums, not particularly smart, has no chance in h*** of ever escaping her family’s curse.

Her life is destined to be a difficult obstacle course of suffering from very little hope at all.

Now imagine if you will, an extraordinarily beautiful, poised woman seated in a palace at a pure gold piano encrusted with jewels.

She has on the most beautiful gown in the Kingdom and her perfection is unequaled in every way.

The king and the royal court await her performance, and as she plays the music of heaven.

All are moved to tears, even the mighty angels. 

The king weeps…

…because is touched by the depth of her talent, but most importantly, the depth of her character. Her external appearance reflects her beautiful heart.

The king is deeply in love with her and intends to marry her, pledging his covenant, abiding love forever.

How did the baby girl, a poor wretch of a human being, born into sin, death, and destruction, become a bride, acceptable and perfect for a king? 

And how do we, born into the slums of a broken, sinful world, become the most glorious, perfect bride for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

This story is being played out right before our very eyes.

 

God Transforms His Bride

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God the Master Cutter of Our Gem

God the Master Cutter of Our Gem

God the Master Cutter of Our Gem

Someone who finds a large, rare, priceless gemstone in the ruff waits patiently for the master stone cutter to finish the cutting and polishing.

In a sense, the realization of the extraordinary value of the stone is unchanged even while being cut and polished.

You can’t cut a Hope Diamond out of a pebble, right? 

You hope that this rare piece of stone will be cut correctly by the master to bring out the maximum beauty contained within. Only a well-experienced gem cutter can do this. In lesser hands, the risk is too great to destroy its potential.

And so, the possessor of the stone waits patiently for the final unveiling of the cut and polished gem; the only one of its kind.

The owner would be foolish to forget about the stone or lose sight of its value. He would be foolish to get bored as he waits for it to be finished or get distracted by knockoff gems or cut glass or inferior stones.  He doesn’t want to lose his “first love”.

The cutter has the ultimate stone. He doesn’t gamble foolishly to find another just as good. His mind and even his heart are set on this stone, and his hope rests in the master stone cutter’s skill.

The transformation is at the hands of the cutter.

Centuries of wisdom and experience give him the skill to know where to start cutting as he has a vision for the shape, number of facets, etc.

The owner puts his complete trust and confidence in Master Cutter. Waiting is waiting, however!  Perhaps the first strike took 1 year to plan. The risk of striking the wrong area of the stone great.

And as the owner waited that year, he may have been tempted by lesser stones of inferior value, but he would come to his senses and remember the value of the stone he was allowed to possess.

He knew and was convinced of the true value.

Christ Himself waits on the Holy Spirit to do this incredibly complex job of turning us into reflective gems for the glory of God.

 

God the Master Cutter of Our Gem

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Greatest Thing About Being a Christian

Greatest Thing About Being a Christian

Greatest Thing About Being a Christian

This was written primarily from the point of view of a single man, never married. God saw that Adam needed a mate, a union of oneness. Of course, from the revelation of Christ, we see the ultimate fulfillment of this idea.

There are many lonely people in the world. Those who never met a soul mate, never married, divorced folks, even broken families, parents who haven’t hear from their children in years.

Thankfully there are many strong Christian unions.

But the very fact that the idea of a Disney fairy tale exists, the idea of finding that perfect soul mate humans have the need and desire to connect on a deeper level. Ultimately, none of us who trust in Christ will be deprived of that gift.

“Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul. And all that is deep within me, bless His holy name.” Psalms 103:1

I think the greatest thing about being a Christian is the concept of the dream or desire to find your true love. In the flesh, it is illustrated in romantic love, that person whom you desire more than anyone else on Earth.

Not only do you hope to get all of them but your hope is that there never, ever be an interruption of your love relationship with them; the intimacy, the joy and the enjoyment of this person are not dying or uninterrupted.

 

You hope to explore everything that makes them tick…

… makes them who they are; unique and exciting and you can spend the rest of your time here on earth discovering new and interesting things about your beloved.

What if you don’t get to experience that here on earth? All is not lost!

Jesus is the ultimate object of our affection if we will receive Him into our hearts. If you want true love look no further. If you want perfect eternal love, look no further. If you want utterly satisfying and satiating Love, look no further.

I believe that when you go to heaven and you see Jesus for the first time you will completely understand and really know for the first time why God created you.

He created you to be loved and to enjoy Jesus for all of eternity.

Remember those days of longing here on earth, your pining to be connected to your soulmate. The fulfillment of that desire and dream is on its way.

You are just being prepared to enjoy it fully.

Oneness in Christ is possible for us in the body of Christ but ultimately no one needs despair if they feel deprived of marriage.

We will be one with Him, and also each other in heaven.

Wonderful hope!

 

Greatest Thing About Being a Christian

 

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Prayer for Family and Friends

Prayer for Family and Friends

Prayer for Family and Friends

This could be a daily or weekly or even a monthly prayer for family or friends or just someone you have met. Put their name on the blank as you read the prayer. You can also download a PDF of the prayer here. 

Have ________ learn to lean on you with absolute confidence in Your power, wisdom and goodness and be filled with unselfish love. 

May ________ be motivated by the hope that awaits him in heaven.

May _________ love be well grounded and nurtured in the Holy Spirit.

Have ________ be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom with insight into Your purposes.

May ________ have a greater and deeper understanding of spiritual things.

May ________ walk in a manner worthy of the Lord displaying admirable character, moral courage and personal integrity.

Have ________ please You Lord Jesus in all things.

May ________ bear fruit in every good work and steadily grow in the knowledge of You with deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for Your precepts , your warnings, your instructions, your way of thinking, your commandments, your doctrines, your bidding, your decrees, your formulas, your guidelines, your mandates, and your principles.

Amen

 

Prayer for Family and Friends

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