This morning I read Psalm 37. Here are some of the wonderful words: “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”
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I was thinking about how do we delight ourselves in the Lord? How can I do that? Then I picked up a devotional book and on February 6 it says this: “Are you ready to be poured out as an offering? It is an act of your will, not your emotions. Tell God you are ready to be offered as a sacrifice for Him. Then accept the consequences as they come, without any complaints, in spite of what God may send your way. . . .You must be willing to be placed on the altar and go through the fire; willing to experience what the altar represents–burning, purification and separation for only one purpose–the elimination of every desire and affection not grounded in or directed by God.”
Wow! There was my answer. It isn’t the fun, easy way of delighting myself in God that I had first thought of. But it’s what God wants from me. A total sacrifice of myself to Him. What better way can we prove to God that we are truly delighting ourselves in Him. This is definitely a challenge to me today.
(By the way, the devotional book I quoted from is “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, updated edition.)