Saturday, October 29, 2011
"FULFILLMENT OF OUR HEARTS DESIRES"
Good Evening to All!
(4) Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of
(5) Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
(6) He shall bring forth your
righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
(7) Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently
Do not fret because of him who
prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings
wicked schemes to pass.
(8) Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret--it only causes harm.
(9) For evil doers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the LORD,
They shall inherit the earth.
Do not fret is the theme of this psalm. When the wicked seem to prosper, the psalmist calls for patience, a renewed sense of dependence on the Lord, and a new sense of pleasure in know Him. Now lets discuss the "desires of our hearts.
How many times I have heard people whine and complain about "I prayed, but God didn't answer my prayers. I need (want) a pay raise, but I prayed and God didn't give it to me. I want a new car, but I prayed and God didn't give me what I ask for. What do you mean He gives you the desires of your heart?
To delight one's self in the Lord is to Love Him, Spend Time with Him, Pray to Him, and Study His Word which will help us to learn about Him and Get to Know Him. That my friends is "delighting ourselves in the Lord. As we do this, we gain closeness to Him and want to please Him. Therefore, His desires become our desires. Our desires change. We no longer concentrate solely on worldly things, but to be more Christ-like. We take on spiritual desires and desires which will bring us closer to God and to the Kingdom of Heaven.
When the righteous have desires that spring from the Lord, the Lord will surely fulfill those desires. I like the way The Message Bible states verse 5 about committing our way. It says Open up before God, keep nothing back; he'll do whatever needs to be done. Now to me that is everything. I can bear my soul, I can cast all my problems on Him and He will do what is necessary to get me through my situation.
If we will abide by verse 8, and not fret or (worry) God will take care of it. Don't worry when people seem to get getting rich from being unethical or cheating. God will handle it. Now this verse is not included in this passage, but remember what God said about seeking praise here on earth? He said that is their reward. The righteous will get their rewards in heaven and (they will even be blessed here on earth. If He says this about praise, can you imagine what He must think about it when people prosper by taking advantage of others?
In verse 8 when David speaks about resting and waiting patiently, he is re-emphasizing the theme of the psalm about not fretting or worrying. This doesn't mean to be inactive, but to depend actively on the "living" God. Speaking of the "living God", did you ever stop to think about "who" the Holy Ghost is? He is "God in Action". (I just had to tell you that) I think that description is awesome.
This psalm also gives us a commandment to cease from worry. It is not a request, or a suggestion. It is a commandment. God has told us to cease from worry, He told us to cast all our cares upon Him, and many other commands to let us know that He has our backs. He will take care of us if we will let Him. If we worry, then we are as much as telling Him we don't think He is capable of handling our problems.
Don't worry about what others are doing, whether they are prospering through illegal or unethical ways. They are not your concern. God will handle their situations. We must concentrate on doing what we know as right to do according to God's Will. Keep positive and remember for one thing having everything we want is not all that it's cracked up to be. If it is not according to God's Will, sometimes we can get into a lot of trouble or problems from it. We have to keep our eyes on the "prize" (heaven), and remember that our treasures are laid up there, not here on earth, because THIS World is not our home.
We as Christians must keep our priorities straight. We must realize what true "riches" are. God doesn't say we can't have decent cars, clothes or homes. He just doesn't want those to be the focus of our lives. Not only that, I would imagine in the end, when it is time to be judged, He will also be looking at how the rich prospered. After all, in Matthew 19:24, He did make the statement that it is easier for a camel to get the the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into the Kingdom of God. That tells me a lot right there. I don't think He was referring specifically about having a lot of money. He was also talking about how a person obtains that money and also what they did with it after they got it.
Unfortunately, a lot of well-to-do people tend to lose sight of the important priorities at that point. We must also remember that God says that evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord will inherit the earth. Verse 10 was not included in my original passage, but I like what it says. It also reminds me that "for yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more.
If we will remember to concentrate on Him, learn all we can about Him by studying His Word, Love Him and want to please Him, and talk to Him, our desires will be completely fulfilled according to His Will and ours because they will be one and the same.
Good Night To All and May God Bless!