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Delight Yourself

What do you delight in? What’s the thing that gives you joy? Brightens your day? What’s your heart’s desire? The thing you long for, hope for, dream about?

“Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps. 37:4). If we have the right delight, God says He’ll give us the desires of our hearts. What a promise! I love this circular reasoning. If we delight ourselves in the LORD (What’s our delight? It’s Him) … He will give us the desires of our hearts. If the Lord is truly our delight, then the desire of our heart will be more of Him.
 
Is there a limit to this delight? Would God deny us more of Himself? According to His word, the answer is no. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13). For every believer, the greater giving of the Spirit is available for the asking. Luke 11:13 says, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
 
So, go ahead – delight yourself in the LORD … to your very heart’s desire.

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Be Free

The world spins quickly. That’s not just a scientific statement, it’s a fact of life. A fact about life. Yet as Christians, we’re promised life and peace in the Holy Spirit regardless of the spinning. “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).
And yet, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the things of this world. While we don’t become hermits, we do need to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. We need to focus on what is good, noble, pure, lovely, excellent, praiseworthy (Phil. 4).
 
In The Peace of the Wild Things, poet Wendell Berry says it this way:
When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. 
 
Because of Jesus Christ, we are recipients of an immense grace. He leads us beside still water (Ps. 23). We can rest in the grace of His world, and be free.

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