Delight in God
Friday, October 16, 2009

 

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Ps. 47:4)            People often wonder (probably not for long) why my theology is so God centered.  When I was attending seminary for my Masters degree, I was in an argument with a professor about self love.  His claim was that Jesus commanded self love when He said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  My side of the argument was that Jesus assumed self love as part of our fallen nature.  Other passages of Scripture certainly bear that out. (Phil. 2:3, etc.)  It is not that we should not treat our bodies as temples for the dwelling of Christ.  We should be good stewards of life that God has given us.  But our lives are to be Christ focused, not self focused.  As you ponder that, you must know that God has a very specific reason for us to be so God centered in our lives.  It is not for Him (He already is ultimate joy), it is for us.            The psalmist said, “Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  There is something in our created order that demands that we delight in the Lord to achieve the ultimate meaning for our lives.  If our delight is elsewhere, we have wandered from the very purposes which God intended.  Compare it to the creation of beautiful convertible vehicle.  You can take that vehicle and attach a supply trailer or a mowing attachment and you can spend the entire life (which won’t be long) of the vehicle driving in circles around your yard.  Yes, it will work for a while.  It may even make mowing a little easier.  It may even impress your neighbors.  But before long, spark plugs will begin to burn out, the u-joints will start popping, and the rear end will go out.  And the exterior beauty of that vehicle is faded and chalky.  Or, you can take that same vehicle and drive it as it is designed.  You can climb mountain highways with the top down and experience transportation as it was meant to be experienced.  Exhilaration is around every curve.  And if the car is driven and maintained according to the manual, you will experience years of good service from the vehicle.            We are no different.  If we operate according to our design there is joy at every turn.  But if we take our minds off God and place them on ourselves, we will begin to deteriorate and waste away – not because God wants us to waste away, but because we are defying our creation.  We are born God seekers.  Ecclesiastes 3:10 says, “God has placed eternity in our hearts.”  Augustine put it another way, “God You have made me for You, and my heart is restless until I find You.”  And Paul has the focus necessary when he writes, “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Col. 3:1-2)  And the reason is, there we find the desires of our heart.            God’s plan is so perfect.  He created us for joy.  And since He is all joy, then the fulfillment of our creation rests in Him.  All other diversions are just that – diversions.  Seeking life outside of God is no different than trying to live without water.  It may take longer to dehydrate the spirit of a person than his or her body, but the effects are the same.  Hydrate yourself daily in the Lord and there you can move forward to the joy for which you were created.              If you set your heart and mind upon God – He will give you the desires of your heart.  But I have to close with a warning.   The desires of your heart will change.  If you delight in God, then your desires will be godly.  When your desires become godly, you in turn will become more godly.  And when we all do that there will be a world full of godly people.  What a wonderful world we will live in.


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