Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 (NKJV)
Is it just me or can you hardly believe that 2016 is almost over? This year has been crazy. Like many others, it is around this time, as we wrap up one year and enter into the next, that I take time to reflect on all that happened. I can honestly say that this year has been the best year of my life. From marrying the girl of my dreams to overcoming personal obstacles to seeing God move in unexpected ways, I have never had a year like this one. If I were really honest, however, this year has also had some struggles, low moments and emotional nights. Yet, here I am, another year in the books and still so thankful for my God. So awed by his faithfulness to me and overwhelmed by His goodness.
Today, as I reflect on this year, I am reminded of Psalm 37. This chapter has been so influential in my life and encouraged, motivated and reminded me of how valuable my relationship with God is. I want to take moment to encourage you, wherever you are at, as you end 2016 with the call and promise of this amazing passage of scripture.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
I LOVE this passage. Psalm 37 is more than just a cute verse to hang on your wall, but it truly is a call and way of life. It is a call to trust, delight and commit.
It is a call to trust in the Lord. No matter the situation or circumstance to place all of your trust, all of your hope and all of your faith in him. To believe that he is good and that he is working in your life.
It is a call to delight. To live in constant devotion with God through prayer, His word and the Holy Spirit. A call to spend time in His presence; to take your eyes off the distractions of life and to put them on Him as you make Him your priority. It is a call to laugh, cry, sing, talk, sit and be with God.
It’s a call to commit. A call to consecrate, set apart and completely surrender every part of who you are to the one who made you. It is a call to commit each step you take, decision you make and thought you think to the Lord. It is a call to keep Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life. To believe that as you commit all of your life (even the things that seem dirty or shameful) to Him that He will take care of you and bring His goodness to pass in your life.
Psalm 37 calls us to trust, delight and commit. But, you see, it is a call with a promise. A promise that as we do those three things that God would work in the unseen to bring the desires of our heart to pass. I know this year I have seen God do this. I have seen God go above and beyond anything I could think or imagine. I have seen God pour His goodness into my life, not because I deserved it, but simply because He is good. Even in the hardest moments, as I look back, I can see God’s imprint and work to turn each situation for good.
Today, I want to remind and encourage you that God truly is at work in your life. Whether this year was full of highs or full of lows (or maybe a mixture), God is still in control and He is still working a plan to turn all things together for good. I believe that as you continue to trust, delight and commit yourself to Him that, at just the right time, you would see the desires of your heart be fulfilled, dreams come true and prayers be answered. So today lets thank our faithful God for how good He has been to us and continue to lean into the call and promise of Psalm 37. Let’s daily learn to trust in the Lord, delight ourselves also in Him and commit our way to Him.
Say This: “Father God, today I take a moment to thank you for each moment in this past year that you showed your goodness in my life (briefly give God some specifics in your life where He was good to you). I thank you that as I trust, delight and commit to you, that you would work in my life to bring to pass your good plans. Help me today to delight in you and to lean all of my faith into who you are. In Jesus Name, Amen!”