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Over the few weeks I have been reflecting on my life.  Well actually I have been doing this for many years now.  I think it is a spin off or facet of the mental health difficulties that I face.

What I should more accurately say is that over the past few weeks I have been reflecting on my life in light of God’s word and more specifically Psalm 37: 4-7. NIV which reads…

4 Delight yourself 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 righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Over the years I have tried to take hold of God’s word and apply it to my life and over the years I have had verying levels of success.  But what has become evident to me lately is how every now and then something that you have heard several times before and simply not reacted to or have taken for granted almost, suddenly becomes relevant and somehow very important!

Certainly this is true of the words of Psalm 37@4-7.

I have really been impacted by these words and thought I would record that fact and share this with you.

Verse four reads “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” and I am painfully aware that some have used these words/this verse to support their prosperity teaching beliefs.  But you know I can’t do that!  You see whilst I acknowledge and indeed accept that the words “and he will give you the desires of your heart” could be used in that way, the fact is that they are preceded by the words “Delight yourself in the Lord” And here is the deal, and there really is now getting away from this, if I truly delight myself in the Lord then my heart and the desires of my heart will be to show HIS love and HIS grace and HIS mercy to others and indeed the desires of my heart will be less about me and my prosperity and more about others and their eternal salvation!

So how do I “Delight myself in the Lord”?

Well for me the answer lays in part (and a large part for that matter) in the next verse – verse 5.

“5 Commit your way to the LORD;  trust in him and he will do this:”

And here is the part that really has been impacting me.  See in my life there really is no major problem with things like drugs or drink or bad language or gambling or pornography or anything like that.  They simply don’t interest me or lure me any more.  Yes when I was younger they (or at least some of them) had a huge hold on my life but they don’t any more.  So what ways do I need to commit to the Lord?  What needs addressing and putting right in my life?

Well I have spent a fair bit of time thinking about this and have indeed come up with a list…

Pirate DVD’s.  Hacked Computer Programs. My diet. Smoking (and yes that is a major one) The walls I have put up to ‘protect me’ and here is the major one.  My self-worth and self-image.

You see all of these things are not Godly.  None of them are major in terms of mankind’s opinions or sin but the fact is that God does not go by mankind’s opinion of sin and ALL of them do indeed need addressing and surrendering.  And so that is what I want to and am going to do with the Lord’s help.

Verse six reads, “He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,  the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

I so desperately want that not for myself but because again, if I delight myself in the Lord and if my hearts desires are for others, then my cause will be for others also.  I pray and desire to be a beacon a witness to God for all who know me.

Is it going to happen over night?  No of course not, these things take time and will be a struggle and a battle and I for one am mindful of the spiritual warfare element of life.  BUT it is God’s timing, His struggle and His fight and I have eternal hope in this, and despite the attacks that will inevitably come verse seven gives me the eternal and present hope…

7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

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