Psalm 149:4 and Isaiah 26:3 - Some Special Thoughts for the New Year.
Psalm 149:4 and Isaiah 26:3 - Some Special Thoughts for the New
Psalm 149:4 (NIV) For the LORD takes delight in his people; he
crowns the humble with salvation.
Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose
mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
The LORD delights in his people. Psalm 149:4
God has passions and delights. Many view Him as staid and
immovable, but that isn't a scriptural perspective. Nothing in His Word
indicates that He's beyond the swells of emotion. And His emotions are
dramatically affected by His love for those He calls His own. He takes
pleasure in, delights in, and calls His people the apple of His eye
(Zechariah 2:8, NIV). He delights in His own works. We serve a God who
Many of us don't live with a sense of wonder and delight. We
may get along with many of God's people, but we find it hard to take
great pleasure in them. We may be consumed with passions, but they
often aren't the same passions He has. That puts us out of sync with
God's Spirit will cultivate all sorts of wonders and delights
in our own hearts. It's impossible to live with a deep sense of His
Presence and be listless and apathetic in our own experience. God and
boredom don't go together. He experiences pleasures Himself and inspires
them in others. He takes us on adventures and fills our hearts with
wonders. That doesn't mean we never face hardship or difficulty, but it
does mean we never face only hardship and difficulty. In His
Presence, we experience unexpectedly good things.
If you feel stagnant, bored, listless, or indifferent, ask
for His Spirit to fill you with wonder. Pray for a season of
refreshing. Take time to notice the miracles around you. Most of all, sit in
His Presence and receive the feelings of His heart. Be aware of what
He delights in. Let His passions rub off on you. If you ask and
believe, He will impart His sense of excitement and pleasure to you.
Father, I want to know Your pleasures - not just to know what
they are, but to experience them with You. Help me notice Your
delights, and impart Your heart to me. Fill my life with the wonders of
Your Kingdom. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by
Trust Me with every fiber of your being! What I can
accomplish in and through you is proportional to how much you depend on Me.
One aspect of this is the degree to which you trust Me in a crisis
or major decision. Some people fail miserably here, while others
are at their best in tough times. Another aspect is even more
telling: the constancy of your trust in Me. People who rely on Me in the
midst of adversity may forget about Me when life is flowing smoothly.
Difficult times can jolt you into awareness of your need for Me, whereas
smooth sailing can lull you into the stupor of self-sufficiency.
I care as much about your tiny trust-steps through daily life
as about your dramatic leaps of faith. You may think that no one
notices, but the One who is always beside you sees everything ~ and
rejoices. Consistently trusting in Me is vital to flourishing in My
Presence. (Psa. 40:4; 56:3, 4; 62:8; Isa. 26:3) [Jesus Calling by Sarah
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