Daily Delight

Friday, August 28, 2015

I want to get a job. I want to get into grad school. I want to make my apartment look like it came out of a magazine. I want to learn another language. I want to run a marathon. I want to find a perfect church home. I want to be a part of the community. I want it all.

I’m learning lesson after lesson. Like, for example, it’s all grand and good to want things and to be better until it interferes with how much we want God.

The lesson being written on my heart hurts. I feel every letter written, every word slowly spoken to my soul from God. As women, it’s so easy to get caught up in the “I wants” and to self-analyze our every move. We want to be involved in everything, make friends instantly, and never leave our minds idle.

God is saying, “Want Me more, be content.”

David wrote the most beautiful psalm full of imagery of how his soul thirsted for God.

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
My soul thirsts for you;
My flesh faints for you.
As in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
Beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
My lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
In your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
And my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
When I remember you upon my bed,
And meditate on you in the watches of the night;
For you have been my help,
And in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
Your right hand upholds me.” 
Psalm 63:1-8

When I get to the heart of the matter; I want to want God like this. I want my soul to thirst for Him, my flesh to faint for him. I want to praise Him all day long, and meditate on his guidance and word when I lay down to sleep. I want to recognize his faithfulness and be filled with joy. I want my soul to cling to Him.

Let David’s words be encouragement to our hearts. In those slow times, down times, confusing times, and busy times, let our souls rest in Him and find contentment in his peace. He’ll soon show us where to go next.

Our wants may come true, but to allow my soul to want God as much as he desires is an honor worthy of joy. To be content means we are at peace at where God is leading us. We are at a place of rest. We can allow our souls to be quenched by God’s goodness and give Him the praise He deserves.

Contentment is joyful; it’s part of the journey.

{photo: @katebooye}

About the Author

River White≫ ≫River is a newly wed and is discovering the fullness of God's unending faithfulness. She loves to spread laughter and joy wherever she goes. Seeing the Spirit move in people is inspirational. She enjoys ways too much coffee, a good book, running, and hopes to travel the world someday.


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