Monday, August 31, 2009

The Heart of Our Desires

I thought I'd post my notes from the LPL Simulcast. Beth's teaching came from Psalm 37 with emphasis on verses 1-9; 23-24. The key verse was Psalm 37:4, Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37 is an acrostic (each verse starts with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet). In those days they did this to make it more teachable and easy to memorize. This psalm was written by David toward the end of his life. (v. 25) It‘s theme is that God can be trusted to do what He has said.

1. Nothing dictates our lives like our desires. What do you want from life and in life? We may need to transform our desires. A true desire is a sustained longing unaffected by mood or surroundings. Keep praying for your desires until you hear from the Lord. Don't give up hope.

2. Beneath the desires of our hearts is the heart of our desires. God knows what we truly want. If you don't get your desires, then He's gone for the heart of your desires. There's glory at stake. Some of the things that we lack will be used by God to bring us to our destiny.

3. Delighting in God adapts our desires into inevitabilities. We're created to delight ourselves in God and He delights in us. (v. 23-24) Start praying this: "God grant me a heart to delight in you. A heart that finds You the greatest joy and delight in my life." How can we delight in God with all the burdens around us? Remember that God sees it all--nothing is hidden from His sight. Depravity, cruelty, sickness, disease, death. Yet He delights in each child who shows faith in Him despite their circumstances or sufferings.

4. Nothing external can steal our right to delight. If we're detached from delight, it's from the inside of us. Psalm 37:1-9--3 things that will come to steal or deform our desires: jealousy--of those who do wrong or those who do right and seem to have more blessings than you or seem to be more significant than you or more gifted than you; anger--often contains an element of grief; it's tight, constricting, torment; worry/anxiety--anxiety does nothing for us. It steals our delight. We gotta be real with God and tell Him our problems and concerns. We can ask why as long as we are reverent. We may not get an immediate answer, but we'll feel a lot better.

5. To make room for delight, we've got to commit. We need to stop doubting and commit some things to God. Commit means to roll something over upon. Roll the thing onto the shoulders of your mighty God. Our behavior betrays our true belief system.

6. Nothing is passive about patiently waiting for desire to turn into delight. God is at work doing things we cannot see. We can't get in His way. Stop trying to get what you want yourself. Let God do the work. Wait patiently for Him. Turn your pain into praise. Voice your praise in advance. We need difficult times to turn us from spiritual whimps into warriors.

7. Till faith becomes sight, trust God and do good. (v. 3) Don't just sit back--do good; help someone. Where has God put you? Dwell in the land and feed off of His faithfulness. God will deal with evil.

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