December 30, 2017

Psalm 149:4

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
    he adorns the humble with victory.

Isaiah 26:3

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—
    in peace because they trust in you.

 Some Special Thoughts for the New Year.

The LORD delights in his people. Psalm 149:4
   God has passions and delights. Many view Him as staid and 
immovable, but that isn't a scriptural perspective. Nothing in His Word 
indicates that He's beyond the swells of emotion. And His emotions are 
dramatically affected by His love for those He calls His own. He takes 
pleasure in, delights in, and calls His people the apple of His eye 
(Zechariah 2:8, NIV). He delights in His own works. We serve a God who 
enjoys pleasure.  
   Many of us don't live with a sense of wonder and delight. We 
may get along with many of God's people, but we find it hard to take 
great pleasure in them. We may be consumed with passions, but they 
often aren't the same passions He has. That puts us out of sync with 
Him.  
   God's Spirit will cultivate all sorts of wonders and delights 
in our own hearts. It's impossible to live with a deep sense of His 
Presence and be listless and apathetic in our own experience. God and 
boredom don't go together. He experiences pleasures Himself and inspires 
them in others. He takes us on adventures and fills our hearts with 
wonders. That doesn't mean we never face hardship or difficulty, but it 
does mean we never face only hardship and difficulty. In His 
Presence, we experience unexpectedly good things.  
   If you feel stagnant, bored, listless, or indifferent, ask 
for His Spirit to fill you with wonder. Pray for a season of 
refreshing. Take time to notice the miracles around you. Most of all, sit in 
His Presence and receive the feelings of His heart. Be aware of what 
He delights in. Let His passions rub off on you. If you ask and 
believe, He will impart His sense of excitement and pleasure to you.  
   Father, I want to know Your pleasures - not just to know what 
they are, but to experience them with You. Help me notice Your 
delights, and impart Your heart to me. Fill my life with the wonders of 
Your Kingdom. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by 
Chris Tiegreen] 

   Trust Me with every fiber of your being! What I can 
accomplish in and through you is proportional to how much you depend on Me. 
One aspect of this is the degree to which you trust Me in a crisis 
or major decision. Some people fail miserably here, while others 
are at their best in tough times. Another aspect is even more 
telling: the constancy of your trust in Me. People who rely on Me in the 
midst of adversity may forget about Me when life is flowing smoothly. 
Difficult times can jolt you into awareness of your need for Me, whereas 
smooth sailing can lull you into the stupor of self-sufficiency. 
   I care as much about your tiny trust-steps through daily life 
as about your dramatic leaps of faith. You may think that no one 
notices, but the One who is always beside you sees everything ~ and 
rejoices. Consistently trusting in Me is vital to flourishing in My 
Presence. (Psa. 40:4; 56:3, 4; 62:8; Isa. 26:3) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 
Young] 
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