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Desiring God

Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Psalms 37:3-7

The Lord Jesus Christ was asked by the religious leaders as to what is the most important commandment. He responded and said, “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength” (Mark 12:30). This command is also what God wants to those who claim they have a relationship with God. Belonging to God’s kingdom mean that Christ is the Master. He expects us to desire Him more than anything else. But what do we do if we find ourselves struggling obeying His command? From the text, the Psalmist says that we “delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” (v. 4). The Psalmist is firm in His understanding that enjoyment and pleasure in life is found in knowing God. His understanding comes from a strong relationship with God based on His word. This is what the Psalmist prayed for. “Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found” (Psalms 119:34-35). He knows that if his focus is not on God, he will find himself wandering. Instead of finding contentment and satisfaction in his relationship with God, he will be tempted to find them somewhere else and away from God. This is why the more he prayed to God to help him be drawn to Him and His word. “Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word” (Psalms 119:37). He knows that the only way that he can experience life is to follow God and trust that His promises are sure. “You have done many good things for me, Lord, just as you promised” (Psalms 119:65). Desire Him and delight in His word. In this way, you will not stray from the life He wants you to experience. “I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life” (Psalms 119:3).


Noel De Guzman

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