Psalm 37:4 (NASB)
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Why wouldn’t we want to take great pleasure in the One who created us and our world? But just exactly how would that look? To me that would translate into consistently thinking about God and His will and getting excited about all of it. Delighting in the Lord is directly connected to the greatest commandment.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Loving God with every ounce of strength that we have is what God wants—because we are His people and He is our God. Loving God in the good times and in the bad. Unfortunately, we can all remember the bad times—but that should not stop us from loving God. I believe those times should strengthen our convictions to follow the truth because we made it through them, even if we came through in a different way than we had hoped. Life is about the journey and our reward comes when we endure the hard times to make it to the good times.
Delighting ourselves in the God who created us will bring us through the toughest times and into the best times of our lives on this earth. Paul went through some pretty rough times but he persevered and we have most of the New Testament thanks to Him. In Romans Paul speaks of not being ashamed of the Gospel. He suffered much for the cause of the Gospel and he wasn’t going to let anything stop him from preaching the good news of Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:16 (NASB)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Why wasn’t Paul intimidated by those who told him not to preach? I believe part of the answer is that he loved God and loved his neighbors as himself. He was also empowered by the Holy Spirit and understood that he must suffer in order to spread the gospel. Paul loved God with all of his being, even before his salvation. Then, at his salvation he came to know the creator of the universe and was not afraid to let everyone know. God’s love was so embedded in his heart nothing could stop him.
We can learn a lot from Paul that is applicable to our lives today. I pray that this week we will all take these scriptures into consideration to see our lives changed. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.