This is a repost from about the same time last year...I was waiting on the Lord to lead us and guide us and show us His plan...and I am happy to report that He did in fact guide us to make some huge decisions last winter that have put us in a new place...a new "Open Window" of opportunity and life...we made a major move...not very far away, but in some ways a whole world away. I thank the Lord for His guidance and for giving us the desires of our hearts in helping us to make this move at this time in our lives. I can honestly say that God has fulfilled these following verses in our lives in so many ways, just in the past few months since this was originally written. I pass this on to you again, because the verses speak the truth! I hope you will find encouragement and hope written between these lines just for you.
Blessings to you and yours,
Psalm 37:3-5~(3)"Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
(4)Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
(5)Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass."
Who among us has not ever read these words of the Psalmist and claimed them as a promise from God to those who will believe and trust in Him? I know I probably have read and re-read these verses hundreds of times in my lifetime...as a matter of fact, I have the 4th verse written on a little memory verse card sitting on my windowsill today...and it has been there for several years. It is actually stuck onto a photograph of me with our grandson Noah when he was about three years old, and we are planting a bush of some kind together. We have since moved away from that house, so I don't know if that particular plant survived or not, but that isn't the point...
The point is this...just as Noah and I were delightfully sharing a bonding time together...planting "seeds" for our future relationship to blossom...so do we bond with our Lord when we delight ourselves in Him...we plant seeds for our future relationship with Christ to blossom...
How do we "delight ourselves in the Lord"? you may ask... Well...it's all about trusting, committing, dwelling with Him. We delight ourselves in the Lord when we "Trust in the Lord and do good"...when we "Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness"...by reading His Word, spending time in prayer and praise and worship, and serving Him with gladness. We delight ourselves in the Lord when we commit our way to Him, trust in Him, and rest in Him.
Verse 7 of this Psalm says, "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;" and that is the key to the second part of verse 4..."and He shall give you the desires of your heart."
I don't know about you, but I sometimes feel like I have been trying to wait patiently for Him for a long time...and I know I have also tried to "delight myself in Him" in every way that I know how...and yet, I still don't feel like I have been given the true desires of my heart. Don't get me wrong, I've had many joys and blessings in my life...way beyond what I deserve. But I've also had my share of disappointments, heartaches, and failures. There have been goals that have never been reached and most likely never will be, and I sometimes feel like giving up on "the dream". But that's when Jesus comes alongside and whispers in my ear (heart), "Rest in the Lord...and wait patiently for Him..." "Don't give up hope..." "Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way...cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret...it only causes harm..."
Because..."The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace." (Psalm 37:11) and again..."The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." (verses 18-19)
Yes, I need to keep delighting myself in the Lord, for I do believe, that in due time...in HIS time, He will give me the desires of my heart...and it will be exactly at the right time and place for my life. I do not need to fret or worry...God is in control!!!
|POST SCRIPT: (7/9/12) This little bear cub came a calling, seeking his |
greatest desire...to eat a few seeds from our bird feeder. As he stood there
contemplating whether or not he could do this, he finally got up his
courage and tried...