Have you experienced envy in your life? This begins at such an early age for us. As young children we are envious of the other kid’s toys. As teens we wish we had the nice clothes or nice cars that our friends have. As we progress into adulthood the envy is of the lifestyles, comforts, and advantages the “haves” seemingly possess over the “have nots.” No matter what stage we’re in it seems that envy is present. But, it isn’t just with material things. Many times it seems as if those who blatantly oppose God, or are just spiritually apathetic, experience all the blessings while true believers and followers of Jesus suffer.
Today’s Psalm provides great encouragement and assurance for the believer. The seemingly prosperous lives of the godless are just a façade; a temporary high that will ultimately lead to destruction and separation from God. We see here that worrying about evil doers getting away with their sin is a waste of time. God is just and will certainly judge every person according to His perfect precepts. This truth should lead believers to praise God for His amazing grace we receive through salvation, as well as motivate us to evangelize those in our worlds who are still under the wrath of God.
There are so many amazing truths in this Psalm today! Just take time to allow them to wash over you. Verse 4 really stuck out to me:
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
We hear this one quoted a lot. I’ve even heard it quoted out of the context of its proper meaning by affirming and encouraging selfish living. This certainly is not what the Psalmist intended. The emphasis is not me and my desires; the emphasis is on the Lord and delighting in Him. It is only when we delight ourselves in the Lord that our desires become Godly desires, aligned with His will and purpose. This verse really helps me to specify and simplify my life’s mission and goals. My life isn’t about accomplishing many “great” things for God. My life is about making Jesus my delight, my treasure, my passion, my refuge, my rock, my all and all…you get the point. By delighting ourselves in Jesus alone, the desires of our hearts become His desires and thus our lives are filled with days of serving the Lord; not out of obligation, but with the greatest joy! Not only that, it leads to a life that does accomplish many great things for the kingdom, giving God the utmost glory. Pastor John Piper says it like this: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
Take time to delight yourself in the Lord today. Ponder and praise Him for who He is and the grace you experience on a daily basis.
What verse or verses stood out to you today? Please share in the comment section!
By: Matt Mofield