and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
-Psalm 37: 3-5
How often do I use this passage to get what I want?
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
- James 4:1-3
With Psalms 37: 3-5 I must say that I am often guilty of James 4:1-3.
A long time ago a friend revealed a stunning revelation in delighting myself with the Lord. It goes like this: God is a jealous god. You delight yourself in Him (he’s your joy). So, shouldn’t God give you Himself? He’s what I want right?
Wow. Never thought of it like that.
Dwell on these passages. But not on these lyrics of an old Janis Joplin tune:
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
Hasta la pasta