Desires, Delight

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“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”‭‭        Psalm‬ ‭37:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Which side of the comma are you living in?

Take delight in the Lord,

or

And he will give you the desires of your heart?

Delight, desires.

What you focus on determines how you experience Him.

When you are focusing your life on delighting (joy, great enjoyment, and pleasure) in the Lord, the world seems like a wide open space for you to experience with someone you love.

When you focus on the desires of your heart, the world seems a small closed space in which you can only see what you don’t have and experience envy what everyone else seems to have.

I’ve learned that my desires are not good taskmasters but they do make great idols.  They also make flawed foundations for a relationship with God or anyone else.

I’m not saying that your desires are bad, in fact, I believe that the Lord puts loads of good desires in your heart: the desire to love and be loved, to connect and be connected to,  to cherish and to be cherished.  What I am saying is that if the focus of your life is getting your desires met that you will be miserable and probably not even know why.

Living on the delight side of the comma means that your focus is on your relationship with God and being delighted in Him, by Him and with Him and trusting Him with the rest.

There is a sweet freedom found in delighting in your relationship with God while letting Him hold all your desires to do what He may. He is a good Father and knows you more than you know yourself.

How are you delighting yourself in the Lord?

What is making you miserable?

What side of the comma are you living on?

Open Hands

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“I pray to GOD —my life a prayer— and wait for what he’ll say and do.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭130:5-6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Today is a good day to begin to pray with open hands.

To pray with open hands instead of closed hands holding on so desperately to what you are afraid to let go of.

Pray and let God be God.

Present your requests, petitions, hopes, and desires to Him and then let Him do what only He can do.

Give them to Jesus and leave the results to Him.

Release your expectations of how he should answer while at the same time knowing that He will.

Instead of praying, “God, this is who I want you to be”, begin to pray, “God reveal who you are to me.”

It will transform your life.

He wants to.

He will.

Begin today to pray with open hands.

When was the last time you asked God to reveal himself to you or in your situation?”

How hard is it for you to leave the results to God?

What does it mean for you to let God be God in your life?

Delight

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”‭‭        Psalm‬ ‭37:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Which side of the comma are you living in?

Take delight in the Lord,

or

And he will give you the desires of your heart?

Delight, desires.

This beautiful scripture reminds me to enjoy my relationship with God and where the focus of that relationship is to come from delight. When I am focusing my life on delighting (joy, great enjoyment, and pleasure) in the Lord, the world seems like a wide open space for me to experience with someone I love. When I focus on the desires of my heart, the world seems a small closed space in which I only see what I don’t have and experience envy at the perception of what everyone else seems to have.

I’ve learned that my desires are not good taskmasters and in fact, they make great idols.  They also don’t make a good foundation for a relationship, not with God or anyone else.

I’m not saying that your desires are bad, in fact, I believe that the Lord puts loads of good desires in your heart: the desire to love and be loved, to connect and be connected to,  to cherish and to be cherished.  I’m saying that if you focus your life on getting your desires met that you will be miserable and probably not even know why.

Living on the delight side of the comma means that your focus is on your relationship with God and being delighted in him, by him and with him. It is acknowledging that while you delight in him, he will fulfill the known and unknown desires of your heart.

 

Trust and Delight.

It’s a great way to live, don’t you think?