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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sunshine in the heart

Sunshine in the heart

‘Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.’ Psalm 37:4

Suggested Further Reading: Psalm 84:1–12

‘I can’t understand,’ once said a bird to a fish, ‘how it is that you always live in the cold element; I could not live there. It must be a great self-denial to you not to fly up to the trees.

 See how I can mount aloft.’ ‘Ah,’ said the fish, ‘it is no self-denial to me to live here, it is my element; I never aspire to fly, for it would not suit me.

 If I were taken out of my element I should die unless I was restored to it very soon, and the sooner the better.’ So the believer feels that God is his native element. He does not escape from his God, or from his Master’s will and service; and if for a time he were taken out of it, the sooner he could get back to it the better. 

If he is thrown into bad company he is miserable and wretched until he gets out of it again. Does the dove deny itself when it does not eat carrion? No, verily the dove could not delight in blood, it would not feed thereon if it could.

 When a man sees a company of swine under the oak delighting themselves in their acorns, and grunting out their satisfaction, does he deny himself when he passes them by without sharing their feast? No, verily. he has better bread at home whereof he can eat, and swines’ meat is no dainty to him. 

So it is with the believer; his religion is a matter of delight, a matter of satisfaction; and that which he avoids and turns from is very little self-denial to him. His tastes are changed, his wishes are altered. He delights himself in his God, and joyously receives the desire of his heart.

For meditation:

 If you are a Christian, unbelievers should have problems trying to understand your lifestyle (1 Peter 4:3–4). If that isn’t the case, are you enjoying something you shouldn’t be, or not enjoying something you should be? Is your delight in the Lord’s word (Psalm 1:2), the Lord’s will (Psalm 40:8), the Lord’s day (Isaiah 58:13) and in the Lord himself (Isaiah 58:14)?

Sermon no. 454
15 June (1862)

If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, 
you can be accepted into his kingdom. 
 I invite you to let him to make of you what He always wanted

 Marvelous God Almighty, 
I come to you in the precious name of Jesus, 
 who died for me to make me free of sin, 
I want Jesus to enter in to my heart and make me free, 
I confess that He is the son of God. 
I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value, 
not only to live on this earth, 
 but to be expectant of my life in heaven. 
In the precious name of Jesus I ask. 

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