SITUATION: David used a number of expressions to contrast the righteous and the wicked. David said that good consequences are a result of good behavior.
OBSERVATION: God's people will receive "what they want" as they trust God, commit their lives to him, and delight in serving the Lord.
INSPIRATION: What are my longings? This question may surprise you. Perhaps you though your longings had nothing to do with keeping your life on track. I couldn't disagree more. Your heart is crucial. Psalm 37:4 says, "Enjoy serving the Lord, and he will give you what you want." When we submit to God's plan, we can trust our desires. Our assignment is found at the intersection of God's plan and our pleasures. What brings you joy? What give you a sense of satisfaction?
Some long to feed the poor. Others relish singing or teaching or holding the hands of the sick or counseling the confused. Each of us has been made to serve God in a unique way.
"God has made us what we are, in Christ Jesus, God made us to do good work, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing." (Ephesians 2:10).
"You made all the delicate inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother's womb... Your workmanship is marvelous... You were there while I was being formed... You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breath" (Psalm 139:13-16 TLB).
You are a custom design: you are tailor-made. God prescribed your birth. Regardless of the circumstances that surround your arrival, you are not an accident. God planned you before you were born.
The longings of your heart, then, are not incidental; they are critical messages. the desires of your heart are not to be ignored; they are to be consulted. As the wind turn the weather vane, so God uses your passion to turn your life. God is too gracious to ask you to do something you hate. (From Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado)
APPLICATION: What is God calling you to do? What do you enjoy doing? Is there a connection? Ask your pastor and your friend for advice. Discover and use your spiritual gifts. Then you will find joy in serving god.
EXPLORATION: Spiritual Gifts - Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11; Ephesians 4: 7-13; 1 Peter 4: 10-11
The Devotional Bible - Experiencing the Heart of Jesus; Max Lucado General Editor; New Century Version, Thomas Nelson Bibles