Psalm 37:4 (HCSB)
Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.
This Psalm is titled “Instruction for Wisdom” and in the context surrounding verse 4, it has some warnings about distraction by evildoers. It also has great guidance for us about seeking to follow the Lord with our heart and actions:
- “trust in the Lord and do what is good”
- “commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him and He will act.”
- “Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him”
Verse 4 indicates that our greatest delight comes in Him. So our greatest gift, the place we are most likely to find our passion in ministry is in His calling. I know that many times I struggle with what I’m supposed to be “doing” for God that sometimes I miss out on what I should “be.” This chapter includes a lot of “being” words that are not specific actions … words like trust, commit, be silent, wait, and take delight.
From this posture, we are able to take action, but I think our actions must be guided by what we are called to “be” in order for our “doing” to be on the right course. Never forget God’s call in your life is where we take the greatest delight.
- We are called to live for Christ as a child of God.
- We are called to Kingdom work. This means we work in such a way that honors God and makes the gospel known.
- And for many of us, we also serve in a specific ministry calling that uses our vocational labor to daily serve in a church or ministry role.
Today, find an opportunity to reflect on God’s call in your life, and spend a moment thanking God and praising Him for your relationship with Christ, the work of the gospel in your own heart, and the opportunity we have to share Christ with others in word and in our actions.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 (HCSB)