Friday, March 28, 2014

Benefits



My devotion this morning was Palm 103.  One of my all time favorites, which in fact, inspired one of my first published articles, The Benefits Package.   "Praise the Lord, O my soul...and forget not all his benefits..."  I love the list that follows of all the things that God does for us.

Today, however, verse five seemed to jump off the page at me.  "He satisfies your desires with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles."  Lately I've been feeling the pressure of the desires of my life that don't seem to be getting met.

I'm not talking about the superficial things we all want (not that those are all bad either), but I'm talking more about those desires of our heart that run deeper than anyone but us really knows or understands.  We may share them with a friend or a spouse, but even though they try, they don't really get it.  It's those longings unfulfilled that I wonder about.  Does God care about this?  Can I ever make this a reality in my life?  

Maybe.  And maybe not.  But Psalm 103, verse 5 reassures me that God does care about those desires.  More than that, he'll satisfy them.  That doesn't mean all my desires will necessarily come true, but God will satisfy them with good things.  Good things.  I can quit all my worrying and planning over these desires, because He knows them and will satisfy me with good things. Even if it's not the original thing I think I wanted.  Whew.  Relief.

And, as an added bonus, the end of the verse tells me my youth will be renewed like the eagle's.  That's not such bad news for a 40-Something girl with a birthday coming up either...

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