Saturday, January 14, 2012
"DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD"
Good Evening to All!
When God's Word says to "delight yourself in the Lord" He is saying for us to concentrate on Him, study His Word and learn what He wants from us. To delight ourselves in the Lord means to TRUST Him with everything. Psalm 37 is a wonderful example.
The theme of the passage is, "not to fret". It is a wisdom psalm written as an acrostic. It's simple massage is to maintain patience in the midst of troubles. Psalm 37:4 says , "Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart. This does not mean He will give you anything you want. It means if you love Him, trust Him, live for Him and delight yourself in Him then your desires will become the same as His, because you will turn to Him and want what He wants for your life.
This Psalm has so many wonderful verses to it, such as vs. 5; Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
It has many more wonderful verses, but I just wanted to place context to "delighting ourselves in the Lord.
The Following is an article I wrote for Associated Content.com. A couple of years ago, I wrote two articles and decided that writing for and E-zine wasn't for me, so decided to start blogging instead. The title of my other article was "Salvation or Misconceptions" but tonight I am concentrating on how delighting ourselves in the Lord goes along with having "An Intimate Relationship with God". I am allowed to republish these articles as much and wherever I feel the need, because I was not paid for writing them. I know I have written them as a post before maybe even a couple of times, but they are dear to my heart and I can't help but feel that this information is so important and so relevant to get out to people. We are in the latter days and we don't know when or how soon Christ's Coming will be so we need to be ready.
This being said please keep in mind that anything I write is "food for thought". I am not a Pastor and I have never had formal training from a Seminary or Bible College of any sort. I get my knowledge strictly from the Bible and what I feel that I obtain from God speaking to my spirit in prayer.
If you think about it, when you delight yourself any something, anything, you put your whole self into it. You are engrossed in it and completely enveloped in it. This is the way that God wants you to feel about Him. He wants to be everything to you.
"AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST"
It is so important for each individual person to have that special, intimate relationship with God for our Salvation. Not just because it will help us to get through our troubles, depression, or darkest hours, but also being able to feel the joy of knowing that He loves us so much and all He asks in return is that we love Him enough to trust Him and do His will. Our Salvation should be the "cornerstone" of our being, as it determines where we will spend our lives in eternity.
Not only are we to repent, be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit, but we are to live our lives for God. This is where that "special" relationship comes into being. The more we get to know Him, the closer we will feel to Him and the easier it will be to live according to His will. It is not in the "human nature" to make sacrifices, especially for something or someone we cannot see or feel in a tangible manner. This is the reason to grow into this special relationship with Him.
We are to show people His love through our love and consideration of others. He wants us to be "doers" of His Word and not just "hearers", putting His words into actions. He placed us here to do just that. The Bible says, 1And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
God wants a two-way relationship with us. He loves us so much that He died for us and all He asks in return is that we love Him also. When you love your spouse you would do anything for them, you talk to them, and you are constantly getting to know them better and better each day. The same applies to God. To love Him, we must get to know Him by reading and studying His Word, as this is where we find His characteristics, His desires, and His expectations for us. To love Him means to pray to Him. He wants us to pray without ceasing. We should continually lift Him up by our Godly actions, speech, and attitudes. Also He wants us to need Him; to ask Him for things. 2And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
We must show our faith in Him, and things will come to pass for we cannot please God without faith. 3And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
People have said "I don't know how to pray". In God's Word, it states that 4there is a friend (Jesus) who sticks closer than a brother. It calls Him our "friend". Why then do people have trouble "talking" to God? If He is our friend, why can't we speak to Him like one in a regular conversation? It has been done many a time and gotten results just like when prayers are spoken in the format of "dear Father", or Our Father who art in Heaven. As long as you talk to Him it doesn't matter how you say it.
The song "Unanswered Prayers" comes to mind. There is no such thing. He ALWAYS answers prayers. The trouble with people is if they don't see positive or tangible results, they tend to believe He isn't answering. He is. It might just be No, or Wait, it's not time yet. We have to remember, with God, there is no beginning and no end. He sees the past, He is in the present, and He sees the future. He always knows what is best for us because He knows where we came from, where we are and where we're going. Whatever the case, you will get answers whether they are the answers you are expecting or not.
If you think about the content of this article and maybe even implement some of what has been brought to light within the last article and this one, you will have a richer walk with God and if you don't have any kind of relationship with Him at all and start praying and reading, you will notice a BIG difference within your spirit. Take "baby steps". Even God says babies have to drink milk before they can eat meat. You have to start out small and work your way up. Our God is so vast that a person could study their whole life and still not know everything about God. It is not meant for us to know everything.
It is hoped that you have been given some "food for thought", and that you enjoyed the meal. Receive many blessings from this article
References: The New King James Version Holy Bible
Good Night to All and May God Bless!