Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
[Psalm 37:3-5 NKJV]
The other day I mentioned how great it was to see some of our family and the grandchildren again after so many months, and the joy of meeting Zoe, the new baby, who is an absolute delight. (See Let Us Draw Near). If ever there was a reason to give thanks to The Lord, that was it, and such a wonderful answer to prayer.
The Psalms are full of exhortations to do just that, but not just when our prayers are answered. Delight yourself also in The Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. So it is not just performing a duty of prayer, but of taking a continuing joy in communicating with our heavenly Father, not only expressing our deepest desires to Him, but hearing from Him — expressing His love for us and feeding us with His way and His truth and filling us with His life. As with so many things in our relationship with Him, this rejoicing in Him brings His evergreen response to us to our attention which builds our delight in Him. An upward spiral of delight, springing from our trust in His hand upon us.
Such delight in Him is in more need in these dramatic times than ever before. There seems to be a growing realisation that the coronavirus Covid-19 is now part of our lives. It is not going away and can only be kept under control by a universal change in our past behaviour when in the company of others. We need the never-ceasing love and tender care of The Lord at all times. Only He will get us through the fiery trial of our faith. Take delight in Him today, for He delights in us.
“Soul’s Desire” — Robin Mark
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Thursday 23rd July 2020
Looking for opportunities to serve God is an impertinence; every time and all the time is our opportunity of serving God.