“What’s on your bucket list?” people ask one another. Bookstores and trendy shops like Anthropologie devote space to bucket list journals. As though bucket lists hold the desire of their heart. A list of adventures they hope to achieve in life. I feel nerdy when I admit I don’t actually have a bucket list. Sure, there are a couple of things I’d like to do in my life. Go to Hawaii. Travel across the United States and see the historic sites. But they don’t burn in my heart. If they happen someday, great, but if they don’t, no big deal.
On my twenty-first birthday, friends gave me a new Bible. They inscribed it, Dear Debbie,
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday (Psalm 37:4-6).”
What I Desire
As soon as I read those Words, I felt my heart sing. God will give me the desire of my heart. What a glorious promise. Although no one talked about bucket lists in 1976, this became my personal, one item, bucket list. To delight myself in the Lord. Commit my way to Him.
I’ll never be able to check this item off a list and call it done. Delighting myself in the Lord takes commitment for the long haul. A lifetime.
To delight myself in the Lord means:
- I spend time in His Word. Everyday. His Word directs my actions.
- Serving others takes precedence over temporary pleasures for myself.
- Offering the fruit of the spirit to others. Seeing people through God’s eyes and loving as He does.
The Result of My Desire
The result isn’t one time fun. An Instagram post. It’s seeing God work. “Trust Him and He will do it.” I record His faithfulness in my Joy journal, an ever-growing list rather than things I cross off as complete.
He works in me, filling my heart with gladness (Psalm 97:11-98:1) as I do His trust and obey Him. My heart fills with hope instead of fear and worry (Job 11:14-15). His glory guards me and He answers me when I call out for help (Isaiah 58:8).
When I delight myself in the Lord, He fills my heart with hope. I don’t have to walk alone. He always answers, always loves, always provides.
Prayer for the Desire of My Heart
Oh God, Delight myself in You and You alone. No earthly pursuit satisfies like You. I desire to trust and obey You in every circumstance. May I seek more and more of You. Open my heart and hands to receive the gifts You offer. You are my hope. Nothing I desire compares with You. Amen.
This is Day Twenty-five in the #write31days2017 challenge. To read the previous posts in the #pray31daysforyourhome series, click here.