Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desire of your heart. —Psalm 37:4
All to often in our society, we are tempted to take the position of an aloof critic. It can be quite easy to sit back with self-importance in our quiet cars, engrossed in our smart phones, without strong desires or affections for anything in particular. The end result is nothing more than a vapid tolerance that leads to weakness. However, the Scriptures call us to repent of our lukewarm hearts and to trust and seek after the Lord (O Lord Most High—Psalm 9). Many of our hymns today cause us to recognize our weakness, our brokenness, and our poverty, leading us to repentance. Let us place our strong desires and affections upon Christ and His all-sufficient merit (Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus). May the service today shake us from our disinterest and cause us to yearn to sing our great redeemer’s praise.
"I am quite sensible that talent is but secondary to piety--that gifts are but secondary to graces in a minister of the Gospel, and I therefore am all the more thankful that, besides being men of power and high scholarship, very many of our young preachers are men of faith and prayer, who preside at fellowship meetings, and have been the instruments of great and promising revivals in various parts of Scotland." Thomas Chalmers ... See MoreSee Less