1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
Verse 4 states that if we trust in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts. Here’s a question though, shouldn’t our desire be Christ? You see if we’re still before God, trust in His ways, and commit our ways to Him, then our affection will grow more and more for Christ. Romans 12:1-2 tells us that if we are no longer conforming to this world, but being transformed by the renewing of our minds, then we’ll be able to test and tell the will of God. John 15 tells us that if we abide in Christ and abide in His love, then we’ll see answered prayers. You see, the goal of Christianity is not to “get better,” but rather the goal of Christianity is to “get Christ.”
What kind of relationship would it be in my marriage if I told my wife, “Honey, I love you… so that you’ll make me a meal.” Or, “Honey, I love you…so that you will clean the house.” No. Relationships don’t work like that. Do my wife and I help each other out and cook meals for each other? Yes. However, the key difference is that our main idea is simply this: “Honey, I love you.” In the same way, we need to be able to say that we love God for being God. We need to love God for the sake of loving Him. When we come to God in prayer or in song or in good deed, we are not putting God in our debt. It’s not possible. God owes no one. So why do we try?
But… what if we approached God as our heavenly father, our “papa daddy” who wants to have a caring relationship with us. What if we view the beauty and majesty and glory of Jesus Christ, and we stand in awe of the grace, mercy, and love shown at the cross and resurrection?
Take a deep breath…
Be still… grateful for the blessings that God has given you, but take another moment and pause…
When’s last time you simply told Jesus, “I love you”?