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Delight in the Lord!

Psalm 37:4

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

RayMcDIn what do we take delight? The baseball season is heading toward the end of the regular season and the playoffs. My Orioles are fighting for the worst record in team history – and maybe the number one draft pick next year. As I type this devotional I am switching between the Orioles and the Ravens. The football season is soon to arrive. Some are excited about it and some are not. There is so much politics involved in the game it seems.

In what do we take delight? I have joined five brothers from church in trying to encourage one another in losing weight. We have lost over 70 pounds together since July 15th. We delight in the camaraderie and encouragement we share. Most all of us are in double digits with our weight loss. We’re trying to get to 5% before Labor Day – 8% by Thanksgiving – and 10% by Christmas. Two brothers have met the 5% by Labor Day already and two others are very close. One brother is nearing his 8% total already. We delight in our weigh-ins and supporting one another.

In what do we take delight? Many people take delight in vacation time. The summer is coming to an end soon – the months when most people take vacation – because children are off school – and the weather is nice. My wife and I will be taking a 4-day weekend soon to the ocean. I know we will delight in time away. Have you delighted in some time away from work this summer – enjoying a time of vacation?

In what do we take delight? Today’s passage is about taking delight in the Lord. A brother shared on Facebook about his father’s death. His father was a man of deep faith and he actually delighted in the thought – before his passing – of going to be with Jesus. I was talking to a brother and sister on Monday who mentioned that after their mother died – a son-in-law was actually jealous of his mother-in-law’s passing – because she was going to see Jesus face-to-face. Now that is delighting in the Lord – looking forward to your passing and being jealous (in a good way) of someone else being in the presence of God.

In what do we take delight? Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Psalm 37:1–6 – 1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; 2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. 3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

In what do we take delight? Paul said it this way – Philippians 1:21–23 – 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;

In what do we take delight? Sometime soon – I will have a sermon series on death and dying. I will try to deal with questions surrounding death and dying. We should delight in life – but as Christians – we also delight in the knowledge that we will be in the presence of God in the second life. But – according to today’s passage – if we delight in the Lord – if we seek His face – God will bless us here and now as well. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

In what do we take delight? We should delight in our relationship with Jesus here and now and into eternity. Christians are to be blessed here and now – as well as in eternity. Join me sisters and brothers and delight in the Lord!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

August 21, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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