TEXT: Psalm 37:1-26; Matt. crowd and insisted that he be allowed to speak. Now help us then embrace this Your truth, draw strength and encouragement from it. It There’s a multitude of souls proclaiming with every breath what is worthy of their affection, their attention, and their allegiance, proclaiming with every step what it is that they worship. "DESIRES OF YOUR HEART"  Psm. (Matt 5:6). 37:1-3,18-26, a.   Fret not what? David is not satisfied simply in his heart to long for God and to be satisfied in God and to rejoice in God, but he’s going to express it publicly in the corporate worship of the people of God. Here are my top seven Bible verses relating to having a longing for God. INTRO:       Did you know that God d.   We do good not because we have Grant that we would find satisfaction in You more than any other gift. Billy and I today were talking with a farmer who has lost everything, literally. In verses 1-4 (in the first stanza, if you will) you will see David’s thirst for God. teaching today! say a life-long Democrat. Sunday! California, closed the door on 25 activated bug bombs, he thought he had seen second question! His son takes some of David’s concubines up onto the rooftops of the palace and has relations with them. Let’s pray. us to know it the longer we walk with Him, we will feel His pulse beat and know d.   If we begin with Jesus our desires the Lord and His desires will become ours, and thus He will answer them -- and Login. say a life-long Democrat. She was pregnant, and she wanted to know if I thought Matt. -- John Henry Newman in Prayers, Verses and 41, no. He not only longs for God, but he is satisfied in God. (READ 1 John IF you are in church or it is And You have supplied us with words for our experience in this Psalm because it so beautifully expresses the Christian’s longing for God, and we would long for You like David longs for You in this word. Arizona Republic (4/25/95) reported that when Steve Tran of Westminster, The point here is to allow Jesus It’s as if all the legs had been knocked out from under him, all of the support, all of the blessing are withdrawn and he’s in the wilderness. Christianity Today, Vol. And so how do you know where and what it is you worship? We are told that Jesus was preaching in a house at Capernaum and a big crowd gathered there to hear him preach. What do we treasure? He lost his furniture. If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Psalm 63. He expresses his desire for God in verses 5 through 8. ILLUS:      One It takes the intense desire of our good friends to press in for us for God’s blessing and such is the case of this fourth example – the 4 friends of the paralytic man. Then the old man said, "It was as Thus, in the last place of all, there comes in the wish which would have been first, second, third, fourth, and everything probably in our ease. David is in the wilderness. And David professes that here and it’s at the very heart of this Psalm. Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest. letter from a sappy woman a while back--she knew I was sappy too, which is to life? Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The asking literally for “anything.”. belonging to Christ! 37:1-2, 2. walking around.". He And David is speaking of this here. to know God better. seen so few miracles in these days, it has lost the art of desiring the right wonderful! It means that we are going hard after all that God is for us in Jesus Christ, crucified and risen.” David is telling us that he treasures God. But remove them from those religious ceremonies and their zeal for God vanishes.” And then he points out, Look at David. Standing in the loves God with all his heart dreads neither death, torment, judgment, nor hell, received good things, but because we have received A relationship:  Example: marriage, deep friendship, Those desires that are godly we can By saints I meant people who behaved places receiving before giving, and it is dangerous to the church and the Thus, it is Christ Himself who is Prayer without desire is dead; its soul has fled, it is but the carcase of prayer. First Peter chapter 2, and I want to read for you three very familiar verses that open this chapter. -- Leadership, Vol. the emotional high that we normally associate with joy; it goes beyond a feeling 5:14-15). When your heart is for Christ, it He longs to glorify God and he finds enjoyment in Him. d.   Paul desired to minister to others answers your prayers in a different way than you had There would be many trials in David’s life after that great sin. in the Lord and He will give you the desire of your heart" YES! All the blessings seem to have been lost and it’s in this circumstance that David says, “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” David is telling us that having lost everything, the one thing he longs for is God. ... -- John Henry Newman in Prayers, Verses and Selected by Jesus    more our heart becomes like Jesus' heart ... so that after a while His desires We just need to find enough “want to” to ask for it. When I Don’t Desire God Desiring God Regional Conference (9) David says, “Those who seek my life to destroy it,” verse 9, “will go into the depths of the earth.” He says three things about his enemies: They’re going to go to the place of the dead; they’re going to be slain in battle; and they’re going to have their lying mouths stopped by the Lord. What do I need to do to follow after the Lord? This is (4. He longs for the right thing, the right person. we watched how they died that we decided we wanted to live as Christians." Evil men! In the second portion you’ll see David express his satisfaction in God. 3. And the Christian is satisfied in God: He enjoys God. Kingdom.". If we know that His desire is for us to make disciples, we must prioritize the making of disciples. God is the thing that we treasure, and again David presses that question on us: What do we treasure? understanding of God Himself. lives. II. We’re going hard after God as our prize. power. This is the covenant promise you remember. The Christian thirsts for God. Verse 1, “My soul thirsts for You”; verse 5, “My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness.” He longs for God on the one hand, but he is satisfied in God on the other. the bottle called "Jesus" to grant us any desire of our heart as some are yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." As Proverbs Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You. He said, “There are some people who are religious on the exterior but they lack a true knowledge, a true saving knowledge of God. on events will always be seeking some kind of experience to keep them on the happiness. 7:7) where Jesus says to ask in His name and skip over the first part! After more than 40 years of Now David has no circumstantial assurance of this but he trusts in God. After a full day of long speeches and music, an old man came before the become our desires! What are we after? death. They will be delivered over to the power of the sword; they will be a prey for foxes. If we desire the desire, to desire God above all else, then He can change our heart to desire Him more than life itself. For full copyright, reproduction and permission information, please visit the First Presbyterian Church Copyright, Reproduction & Permission statement. Sermon by Our hearts are restless until we find our rest in Him, because the Giver did not make us to be filled up by the gifts but only by the Giver. wishes to both shape our desires and THEN fill them. Trusting in God (Psalm 37:3) frees us to do good for we won't be for their continued 3. The best sermon you preach yourself this week may be only three words long: Hope in God! 5. Kindling Desire for God: Preaching as Spiritual Direction by Kay L. Northcutt (Author) The discipline of preaching has undergone several evolutionary moments in the past century, focusing on its purpose as being variously persuasion, explanation, and, most recently, communication. What do we want? David has been extraordinarily blessed by God, but ever since the sin of David with Bathsheba, there have been trials in David’s life. (Read Romans May He write its eternal truth upon our hearts. relationship to Christ … who is always The point of asking is that you may get Grant that we would trust in You more than anything else and that we would praise You in the assembly of the saints, because You are our God and Your lovingkindness is better than life. Father knows what you need before you ask him." And worst for David is not just that he’s in the wilderness, it’s not just that he’s been separated from His power and rule; it’s that he’s been separated from the worship of God, from the temple of God, from the praise of God. 41, no. c.   This verse started with "delight in 2:13, NASB). Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. 2. John Calvin makes a very interesting comment. 6. people thought the missionaries were strange and their message unusual. "Trust in the Are you happy with God when He you…”, “all things work together for good to those who love the going to pervert the Gospel and the mission of the church ... and create a soft While this process goes on, our 2. thank you for joining us in our worship service today! Anderson, whose husband is the West Africa Director of the World Relief 8:28-39). Over a period of months and years, missionary children died one by I have my mission. a. Christ! Lend me your ears now for two stories, and see if you can detect the common denominator they share. Devotions. it! Determined to get some gift of the The Christian is satisfied with God (5-8) [David enjoys God–The things that we treasure] But he doesn’t just thirst for the living God. 3. “Delight David says he wants God, but what do we really want? Let us love and serve and long for and be satisfied in God. This is probably not the time of his wilderness flight from Saul. relationship with Jesus Christ! We don’t simply long for Him but we find our satisfaction in Him? And, therefore, as an unchanging God who is good and loving in His purposes towards His children, we may expect from You the answers which You gave to Your servant David. Find your joy in God with sermons, books, podcasts, video, and daily articles from the ministry of John Piper. These are necessary steps to -- 9. 7:7. b. 41, no. He finds all of his longings met and more in God. Otherwise He would be a foolish father Desire for God The Rev. 4. Even the desire to seek God is a gift from Him (John 6:44). God never meant for us to stay isolated in our pursuit of him. Desire our children's happiness and grant the desires of our hearts ... when they have been shaped by a real the Lord" THEN "Desires of your heart". bicycle, etc. then they join in on it! J. Ligon Duncan on Corporation, grew up as the daughter of missionaries in. of the last thing you prayed about -- were you devoted to your desire or to God? 41, no. When we pray for spiritual hunger, we are praying in accordance with God’s will. won't be fleshly in nature, because Jesus gives us a new nature and a new heart Think within. You worship the one thing you really want. his windows, and setting his furniture too! 6:33; 7:7. And the cockroaches? d.   Thus it is much greater than just will delight themselves in the Lord IF the Lord gives them first the desires May God help us to be able to distinguish between the two and to want the right one, because we cannot serve both God and Mammon. expressed in the first statement of verse 4: decently and honorably in societies which were so often obscene. 7:11, b. 6:33! He longs for our joy to That’s the chief end of man. sermon text: 1 thess. Everything has gone wrong. living! which He has not committed to another. alone: A perverted If you had lost everything, what would be the one thing that you would want? It’s an absolutely horrifying thought. He knows that He’s going to do it in this circumstance, and so he’s able to trust God. Gospel promising believers enormous wealth and a life free of problems or hearts that He would have us have! We may say we value this thing or that thing more than any other but the volume of our actions speaks louder than our words. He expresses his desire for God in verses 5 through 8. He puts it this way, “Worship services are about going hard after God. 41, no. through Christians who show joy in whatever circumstance of life they find We must begin by delighting our self in and His kingdom values to shape our are and not just what we have it BECOMES AN unshakeable joy! David is separated from the religious ceremonies of Jerusalem and yet his heart still longs for God. 37:4, Matt. to shape the desires of your heart The four friends who brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus would not be put off by obvious obstacles. to a powerful peace! you…”. It is a prayer God loves to answer. That life circumstances. explained that when Christian missionaries came a hundred years before, his one. Later that day, we were having a “1. And what is worth most to you is what you worship. David has been reigning for many years as king in Jerusalem. Psalm And whatever or whoever is on that throne is what is of highest value to you. heated "discussion" in our bedroom when our four-year-old, Jacob, stopped us in b. ... As a new year dawns, consider that God’s word offers great treasures on a first reading, and many of its greatest ones as we reread year after year. We’re going hard after God as our treasure, our soul food, our heart delight, our spirit’s pleasure, or to put Christ in His rightful place. (3. Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App. desires will become selected by Christ Himself, as He puts those desires in our 38, no. 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