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Delight thyself also in the Lord

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Psalm 37:4


What request, petition, desire, or wish do you have? What is it you have been reaching for? How have you been trying to obtain, find, get, or gain what seems to be just out of your reach? Desire is something every one of us should have awakened with this morning. If you didn’t, go back, roll out of bed, and let your feet start your daily journey from the other side.

Is it me? Am I alone, or does it seem like the harder we push, the more some things slip away? If you are like me, you become consumed, obsessed, fanatical, fixated, and for lack of better terms, possessed with the fulfillment of the thing we feel we can’t live without.

For some, it’s exoneration, exemption, release, or immunity from someone or something in the past that they are seeking. With others, it’s the need to be at the top or a winner.

Some seek to be the head, boss, or authority, while others desire riches, resources, fame, fortune, and prosperity. Yet some are seeking love, acceptance, respect, recognition, acknowledgement, or appreciation.

The need of fulfillment pushes us to do things we never thought we would do to receive it. If I may be brutally honest, the pull is so strong that we become lustful. Lust is not just a sexual thing. It can become the thing that propels us, bringing about sinful actions, thoughts, judgments, and views as we try to obtain in our flesh what the Psalmist said God is waiting to give us.

The Psalmist simplified all this striving to one basic principle: “DELIGHT yourself in the Lord.” Take pleasure in God. Walk pleasing to Him. When we realize His response to our taking pleasure in Him, the Psalmist said, we no longer have to push, shove, pursue, chase, hunt, or track in our flesh our desires. God will give them to us.

Our prayer for you this week: May you learn to take pleasure in God, receiving the desires of your heart.

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Josh Shields

Josh Shields and his wife, Janice, founded New Life Church in Berryville, Arkansas in 2011, where he continues to be the residing pastor. He formerly served in different pastoral positions throughout the state of Arkansas and has ministered at various churches, conferences, conventions, and venues throughout the nation. He began his ministry in 1983 at the age of 16, feeling the call at a young age to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He enjoys every opportunity to share Jesus with others through his ministry by speaking, preaching, singing, and writing weekly articles/posts.

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