“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.” Psalm 27:1-3
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37: 4
Sometimes, it feels like the odds are stacked against us. Circumstances, or people, are standing in the way of good things happening in our lives. Do we dare even hope for anything? Or do we just hang on as best we can until we get to Heaven?
Yes, the Bible promises that we will have trials and hardships in our lives. But it is also biblical to hope for the goodness of the Lord, “in the land of the living” – that is, in this life.
God has made us with unique desires. He knows what it is that we are longing for, and has the keys to our true fulfillment. One of these keys is offered in Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
How may we delight ourselves in the Lord? One way is to believe that He truly loves us, including our specific qualities, which He has designed.
To do this, we may simply ask God in prayer: “What do you love about me?”
Perhaps something will pop into your mind. If it does, try not to judge whatever it is, and simply jot it down.
Here is an example of what came to mind for me: Creative energy.
The second question I asked Him was, “How may I use this for good?”
And the answer came: Prepare for Christmas – shop for gifts; wrap gifts; bake cookies; decorate. And keep writing. Anything and everything.
This answer came with an addendum: Do it for me. I imagined God as a proud Papa, beaming over something His child had created or done for Him:
Look at this! My daughter made it. She made it for me.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
It is so easy for us to forget, when circumstances and people come against us, that God loves us deeply, as a good Father loves His kids. But it is tapping into this love, and what it means for us personally, that will fill our lives with the joy that we long for so deeply.
Heavenly Father, please forgive me, for doubting that you love me and desire good for me. Help me to find joy in doing the things you made me to do. May I present them to you, that I would see you beam with love for me.
Thank you for affirming me, Lord, and helping me to delight in you. Amen.