Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Psalms For Moms: Trust, Delight, Commit Pt.2
3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Last week we talked about trusting. This week we're talking about delighting. To me delighting in the Lord is a direct result of spending time with Him. I know I talk about this a good bit, but it's only because it's so true. I've shared before that my daily quiet times didn't just happen because I possess more dedication than most or just happened to find an extra 20 minutes in my day. It only happened when I purposed to make it happen, when I put other things aside so that I could make Him the priority I claimed He was. Once I started doing that, the quiet times started happening with regularity. And my delight in Him began to grow. I look forward to these times now. I find joy and purpose through these times-- the richest being when I can really dig into His word and write about what I am learning in my journal. That way it's not just knowledge-- it's application too. I think we see the words "desires of our hearts" and we think oooohhh I want that! So we say to ourselves, "Ok it says I have to delight in God to get what I want so I guess I will delight in Him because I want what I want and this is a crafty way of getting it." Or at least, that's what I did. But I learned from a very wise woman that we get it backwards. We think we must delight in Him in order to get what we want-- the desires of our hearts. But what we don't realize is that as we delight in Him, He literally gives us the desires of our hearts. He puts the desires we should have into our hearts. By spending time with Him, we are reprogrammed to want what He wants and not all the silly stuff that was bogging us down before. If you want to have a richer quiet time, let me recommend this book I bought used awhile back. (At the time of this writing there are several copies available through Amazon for pennies a piece.) Each morning go through a chapter of this book and learn to have a quiet time through your quiet time. She goes into how to keep a journal about what you're learning, which I like. Find out what it means to delight in Him by taking the time to delight in Him. Then watch Him respond as He's been waiting to do.