Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Desires of Your Heart

“Commit your way to the LORD;

trust in him, and he will act.

He will make your vindication shine like the light,

and the justice of your cause like the noonday.”

~Psalm 37:5-6 (NRSV).

It’s not always the case that we feel bullied by enemies or life circumstances, but it does occur often enough that Psalm 37 commends to us a form of trust of inbound faith for those whose desires are in the delight of the Lord.

Ever is there a paradox of commitment.

What the Lord requires of us is a simple transaction; one that commends a holy power.

Denying One Power to Reap Another

If we deny the power of envy at wickedness, and choose instead to obey the power that dwells in hope, the vindication of our trust is a simple and sure matter. These are the promises of God; they’re no shallow fabrication.

And in the meantime — before we take possession of this marvellous hope — we are indwelled with the peace of the Holy Spirit; the pre-occupation with envy cannot have us.

Time is not really the matter against us if we were to struggle for hope; it’s our own pride, lust for acquisition, or impatience that are the real issues.

God Always Wins

God wins. Who’d want to be on the side that God’s not on, seriously?

The desires of our hearts, if matched with the will of God, will certainly take place. Indeed, it is a fact that the desires of our hearts shift more readily than we care to think of right now. As human beings we think very statically. We don’t see ourselves changing our minds. But the reality is we do change our minds. We only have to cast back a couple of years, comparing that to now, to discover this truth.

God always wants the best for us, even if we cannot see it.

When we take a longer term perspective, noting also the truth that God always wins, we can successfully match the desires of our hearts with the Lord’s seceding will — that one calling us away from our carnality.

There’s a better bunch of desires to be had.

We do need to believe, however, that God really does want the best for this, and for us to be uniquely content. Furthermore, who could possibly deliver better blessings than God?

© 2011 S. J. Wickham.

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