Here is a question that you may have considered at some point in time in both good and bad times: What does God desire of me? We should contemplate this question all the time really, but as we resume our normal lives and have to reassess our priorities once again, it is especially worth considering. What does God desire of me?
King David has a lot to remind us of in Psalm 37 when he says,
3 “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself 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 act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!”
We are called to trust in the Lord, to delight in the Lord, to commit our way to the Lord, to be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him. The long and the short of it, is that God desires that we trust Him, that we worship Him, and that we listen to His Word. David understood this so well that he wanted to make a grand house for God, to build God’s holy temple. This honor would go to Solomon, instead of David, yet the lesson is clear. Worship of our God, hearing the proclamation of the Word, partaking of the sacraments, and the fellowship of all believers is essential to the will of God.
God desires for us to worship Him, He longs for His people to come home and delight in Him. He is jealous for our adoration, and for our love. He is our God, and we are His people. What does God desire of us? He desires for us to come home. He calls us to fear, love, and trust in Him above all things. He is searching and seeking out the lost sheep, yearning to bring His people back to the main flock.
As we look back to the past, and as we hope for the future, may we remember who is faithful through thick and thin, through the good and the bad, in sickness and in health, even past death. May we remember that Christ, our Lord and Savior died for us, and now calls his bride, the Church to be faithful, just as he was. Christ loves you all so much that he died for you, that you would be free of sin, death and condemnation. Come let us hear with joyful hearts, the Word of the God. Let us delight in the Lord, and he will make straight our paths.
I encourage you that as children are welcomed back in the classroom as we begin a new school year, that we might be a welcoming church to bring those back into the house of worship. There is a verse from the song, People Need the Lord that goes like this:
We are called to take His light
To a world where wrong seems right
What could be too great a cost
For sharing life with one who's lost?
People Need the Lord!
Take delight in the Lord!