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Summary: Of all the desires to have in this world it should be to know, love and serve God.

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WHEN IT COMES TO THE DESIRE OF THE LORD, I BELIEVE MATTHEW HENRY, MAY HAVE SAID IT THE BEST ON HIS COMMENTARY OF PSALM 37:4.HE WROTE, “TO DELIGHT IN GOD IS AS MUCH A PRIVILEGE AS A DUTY. HE HAS NOT PROMISED TO GRATIFY THE APPETITES OF THE BODY, AND THE HUMORS OF THE FANCY, BUT THE DESIRES OF THE RENEWED, SANCTIFIED SOUL. WHAT IS THE DESIRE OF THE HEART OF A GOOD MAN? IT IS THIS, TO KNOW, AND LOVE, AND SERVE GOD.

DESIRE. WHAT DO WE DESIRE? WHAT COMES TO MIND? IS IT TO PAY OFF THE MORTGAGE BEFORE RETIREMENT? COULD IT BE TO SEE OUR CHILDREN GROW UP AND BE SUCCESSFUL? IT’S SAFE TO SAY THAT WE ALL HAVE SOME TYPE OF DESIRE WE WISH FULFILLED.

I BELIEVE HAVING DESIRES ARE COMMENDABLE BECAUSE WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO HAVE THEM? LET’S TAKE THIS ONE STEP FURTHER. I ASK, “HAVE WE EVER THOUGHT OF THAT SAME MIND-SET OF DESIRE WHEN IT COMES TO THE THINGS OF GOD SUCH AS SALVATION, HEALING, RESTORATION, AND WHOLENESS?

HOW ABOUT IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD? DO WE TRULY DESIRE HAVING THE INTIMACY OF CLOSENESS, COMMUNION AND CONVERSATION WITH GOD AS OUR FATHER AND OUR CREATOR?

I WOULD HOPE THAT IT WOULD BE FOR ALL OF US TODAY TO HAVE SUCH A WISH…SUCH A DESIRE. OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD SHOULD BE AT A LEVEL AND TO THE POINT THAT IT SUPERSEDES ANYTHING AND ALL THINGS EXPERIENCED HERE ON THIS EARTH.

OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD OUGHT TO BRING US MORE JOY, SATISFACTION, AND PLEASURE THAN ANY OTHER RELATIONSHIP, ACTIVITY, OR MATERIAL POSSESSION WE HAVE.

THIS IS WHY OUR SCRIPTURE TODAY SAYS TO “DELIGHT” OURSELVES IN THE LORD. WE ARE TO DELIGHT OURSELVES IN THE LORD WHICH MEANS TO SEEK AFTER FINDING OUR GREATEST PLEASURE IN GOD AND THE THINGS DEAR TO HIS HEART.

HOW, THEN, DO WE FIND THAT PLEASURE IN WHAT GOD ENJOYS? WELL, THIS IS WHERE THE FUN BEGINS BECAUSE I REALLY CAN’T TELL EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU THE EXACT ANSWER AS IT APPLIES TO YOUR LIFE!

IT ONLY COMES AS YOU SPEND TIME WITH HIM IN THOSE INTIMATE, PASSIONATE TIMES OF COMMUNION. ONLY AS YOU SPEND TIME WITH HIM WILL YOU BEGIN TO TAKE DELIGHT IN THE THINGS GOD LOVES. AS YOU SPEND INTIMATE TIME WITH GOD AND ALLOW HIM TO SHOW YOU YOUR SITUATION FROM HIS PERSPECTIVE, YOU WILL BEGIN TO SEE THINGS AS GOD SEES THEM.

WHEN YOU MAKE THE TIME AND TAKE THE TIME TO WALK AND TALK WITH GOD ON THAT INTIMATE LEVEL OF RELATIONSHIP CAN YOU MAKE THE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO YOUR LIFE. AS YOU ADJUST YOURSELF TO GOD, YOUR HEART WILL BEGIN TO DESIRE THE SAME THINGS GOD’S HEART DESIRES.

THE REALLY AWESOME BENEFIT OF THIS TYPE OF INTIMACY IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP IS THAT THROUGH THIS LEVEL OF INTIMATE COMMUNICATION, YOU WILL BEGIN TO SEE YOUR TIMES OF PRAYER EXPLODE TO AN ALL NEW LEVEL OF CONVERSATION.

WHEN YOU PRAY THIS WAY, YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF ASKING FOR THE VERY THINGS GOD DESIRES. ISSUES AND EVENTS FOREMOST ON GOD’S HEART WILL BE PARAMOUNT IN YOUR OWN.

YOUR FIRST REQUEST IN PRAYER WILL NOT BE FOR YOURSELF, BUT FOR GOD’S NAME TO BE EXALTED AND HIS KINGDOM TO BE EXTENDED. THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT. WE QUICKLY SEE THAT IT WAS NEVER ABOUT US IN THE FIRST PLACE. GOD ONLY! GOD ALONE!


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