Musings, Spiritual Formation

Psalm 37

An old say states, “Confession is good for the soul.”

Well, revenge is sweet. Or at least that must be what I (we) think.

When a car speeds by me or cuts me off–I know I would “delight” to see them pulled over by a policyman.

But how do we avoid seeking vengeance? I think that one of the key points of Psalm 37.

Psalm 37 open with a series of 15 commands, the first two are a challenge to not become fearful or envious of evildoers in light of the temporal nature of their existence.

David go on to challenge his readers to trust God–He is truthworthy even when evildoers abound, and a series of other commands directed at the readers relationship with God.

In the middle of the series of command, verse 4

Delight yourself in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart. (ESV)

The promise is based on the command. This is not a blank promise to give us everything we want, but to reward us when we delight in the Lord.

We have any number of instincts, but very few desires. Desire is what you determine in your mind and settle in your heart and set yourself towards as good, and that is the thing God will fulfill if you delight in Him–that is the condition. (Oswald Chambers, Biblical Ethics. Hants, UK: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1996, c1947.)

When God becomes our consuming focus—the center of our affection—in whom we place our trust and hope, in whom we are overcome in love–then He gives us the desires of our hearts, which in reality will be: more of Him, more evidence of him, more ability to glorify Him, more ways to enjoy him and make Him known.

The more we are passionately impressed with God–the more our desires, our passions are His.

Psalm 37

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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