Psalm 37:1-18, 19-34; Deuteronomy 7:6-11; Titus 1: 1-16; John 1: 29-34
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
During our Lenten journey we are blessed with an opportunity for spiritual renewal, for examining our hearts, and perhaps if called to do so, beginning a spiritual fast of time: giving up an activity (or sleep) to spend that time instead in meditation and prayer.
In Psalm 37:4, we are called to "take delight in the Lord." How exactly can we do that? Quiet time alone with the Lord is a good place to start, meditating on verses that speak of his love for us, such as...
The Lord appeared to me in a faraway place
and said, "I love you with an everlasting love.
So I will continue to show you my kindness."
Let your unfailing love comfort me,
just as you promised me, your servant.
I trust your love, and I feel like celebrating
because you rescued me.
Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I'm back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine...
You are precious and honored in my sight...
I love you
The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.
What a beautiful portrait of his love for us. Think of it! He takes great delight in us. He rejoices over us with singing. We have a love relationship with him that is one of mutual delight. As we meditate on this love, perhaps whispering one of the above phrases during our moments of silent meditation, how can our hearts not delight in our Lord?
The extra minutes we spend with God help us become attentive to his presence as we go through our day. We are blessed with "God moments," those moments that make us pause with a sense of wonder and joy--and gratitude--for the beauty of a sunset, the warmth of a infant sleeping in our arms, the trill of birdsong in the night, a plucky wildflower in a desert wash, a call from a friend at a moment of need, a song that touches our heart. The list of God moments is endless. If we are attentive. If we pause to celebrate his presence.
Surprise is marvelous. When we least expect it,
we have an experience that lifts our spirits and fills our souls with light.
~ Brother John Gaudreau OEF, "Morning Whispers"
When we take delight in the Lord, he promises to give us the desires of our heart. When our deepest needs, yearnings, and questions are centered in God, our desire is for him, for his mercy, grace, goodness, love, peace, and joy. Delight yourself in the Lord today.
Diane Noble and her husband, Tom Tefft, have been members of Saint Margaret's since 2008. Diane is a novice in the Third Order, Society of Saint Francis. She is also the author of thirty published novels with themes of faith and inspiration.