We need more and more strength to live in peace with God. And we should more and more be thankful to God for the strength and peace which He gives us. Here are wonderful gifts which only God can give us.
It is understandable that children desire certain toys or other objects as birthday presents and Christmas gifts. But the adult child of God should desire what David desired and presented to us in Psalm 37:4 . There we read,"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." The truth here is that when we delight in the Lord, He will grant us what we desire. That limits severely what we are going to get; but it assures us that we will get what we desire.
Surely, it is difficult for a child of God to desire fellowship with God. We came into this world, by nature, as seed of the serpent, those who hate God and want nothing to do with Him and His law. On the day when the church celebrates the birth of Christ, the world very clearly reveals that it does not delight in the Lord but in earthly things and in that which satisfies their sinful flesh. It would be far better for us not to call that day Christmas. What some call their Mass is not taught in Scripture; and although calling it Christmas does not make it our day for celebrating a Mass, we ought to avoid that word.
To delight in the Lord means to find joy in serving Him and in having covenant fellowship with Him. It means that we find delight in spiritual things, and that we agree with David when in Psalm 27:4 he says, "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple."
Is that delightful to you? Is that the one thing that controls all the rest of the things which you desire? Will that be the one thing that is in your mind when that day arrives when we will celebrate the birth of our Savior? Is having Him as your Savior the one thing that you desire, and that which characterizes all your walk of life?
Read: Psalm 37 .
Quote for Reflection:
There are two great vices that hinder us from feeling the power of the Spirit of God and throwing in our lot with the Gospel. One is that we are haughty and full of presumption…It is needful then that this pride rooted in our nature be reproved even in a violent manner because we are too hardened in it. On the other hand, each one feels in himself an earthly sluggishness so that we are preoccupied and wrapped up in this world. Briefly, we are almost stupid so that we can taste neither the Word of God nor the power of His Holy Spirit unless we are awakened, as it were, by force. That is why the Spirit came as a whirlwind raised like an impetuous wind. In the first place we see that His descent was to move all the world and to make all mankind tremble, so that God might be adored and that men might be subject to Him. However, we must be awakened. We must be led to obey God and stripped of all presumption, knowing well that there is only all misery in us, that we are only mud and rottenness, indeed, even that there is only corruption in our souls until God has renewed us.
~ John Calvin, Sermon 16 on the Deity of Christ
- Date: 15-December