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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Let Us Delight
Don’t be upset by evildoers
or envious of those who do wrong, for soon they will wither like grass
and fade like the green in the fields. ~Psalm 37:1-2 (CJB)
This morning when my alarm went off I was reminded to "choose joy." It is the title I have given my alarm because there are days when things will be hard, sad, traumatic, or just plain gloomy and I will need to have the idea of choosing joy at the forefront of my mind so that when those hard moments I can choose not to allow it to ruin my day.
I have these two pet peeve that really affects me, emotionally, physically, and mentally when I or others do it. Complaining and constant negative talk. I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. Oh, how the enemy of our souls loves for us to get stuck in complaining and speaking all sorts of negative words to ourselves and others. He wants us to speak these fears, the anger, the hate into existence so that it becomes manifest in our very lives and that of others. He whispers in our ears, "you're not good enough," "you're too ugly, fat, skinny, dumb, short, tall, etc," "God doesn't love you," "you messed up too much this time," and so many other lies we start speaking out loud and believing.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
~Psalm 37:3 (NKJV)
We know the devil is a liar and he only wants to destroy our relationship with God. Even though we know this our hearts and minds are fragile and we tend to latch on to the worst things said about is and to us by others or ourselves instead of believing God's wonderful truth about His love for us! His love is something we should delight in every moment of every day!
Last night as I was thinking about getting back to blogging daily or at least most days I wondered what can I share, what has God laid on my heart to learn. The first word that popped into my head was, delight. Then immediately after the scripture above came to mind. You see, I have been so stuck on focusing on the hardships, the pain, the illness, the lack of control in some things, and the blindness I seem to have to the way out of this - to the blessing that comes after the spiritual battle. It has been a terrible existence lately because I wasn't focusing on His love, provision, faithfulness, and the fact that He is in control and He will never forsake me. That is where my focus needs to be! Yours too!
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
~Psalm 37:5-6 (NKJV)
Today let is choose not only joy but also to delight in every single moment that we are given. In every beautiful sound, every flower, every bird that flies by, every raindrop that nourishes the earth, every sun ray that warms us, every night the moon and stars shine. Let us delight in every meow of our kittens, bark of a dogs, every feel of the breeze on our faces, every smile from a stranger, every kind word from a loved one, every hug, every kiss, every moment we can hold the hand of someone dear to us. Let us delight in the fact we work up and have a new day ahead to grow, learn, and glorify the Lord. Let us delight in every word written by the hand of God, in His rest, in His unconditional love, in His grace, in His mercy, in salvation through our Messiah, in every footstep of the Messiah that guides us, and every time the Holy Spirit convicts us or encourages us. Let us delight in how God refines us, sanctifies us, molds us daily into who He has purposed us to become. Hallelujah!!
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.