As we prepare for the coming Lord’s Day (Jan 29, 2017) we turn our hearts to the 1st Psalm. Our devotional will come from verses 1-3.
“1 How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers! 2 Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
Dr. Charles Stanley taught us that obedience always brings blessing. This is quite true in that the blessing we enjoy is the fullness of fellowship with the Lord. Some would say that obedience is a work and they are correct; it is an act of t’zedakah (literally righteousness), a good work as an offering of worship.
Though commonly taken out of context, Psalm 37:4-5 exhorts us to delight ourselves in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our hearts. This is how that works in real life…As you take your delight/joy in the Lord and you meditate on His words, you will find that His desires become your desires and you will begin to bring righteous acts to the Lord as an offering of worship. Your desires will be harmonious with the Lord’s and God will give you the means necessary to fulfill those desires. There, also, is where the prosperity of whatever you do comes into play; the more you desire to be obedient to God’s revealed words in Scripture, the more you will prosper in those desires.
Let us pray…
Our loving Father, you are the source of every good thing and every delight is realized in you. Grant us, we pray, that we will always have Your word in our hearts and minds. Help us to desire what You desire and to delight in what You delight in. May the desire of our hears always be for the Lord Jesus and His glory. We ask this in His Name and for His glory. Amen.