“Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
If you desire to delight yourself only in the Lord and are more solicitous for the increase of faith, love, and holiness than temporal happiness, and would even part with some earthly good, provided it would enlarge your spiritual welfare, this comes not from nature — but is an infallible mark of grace and regeneration; and the Lord shall give you also the desires of your heart, and even more than you desire.
Nothing can be more foolish than to harbor one or more secret lusts in our hearts, after we have been once awakened. We must certainly suffer for it; our conscience will check us; we cannot enjoy it with half the pleasure as before; our course is hindered, and our peace disturbed. How much more prudent and profitable, then, would it be, to forsake all and follow Christ, who only can satisfy the desires of our heart! Consider this, O my soul; act the wiser part; let your eye be single and cleave to Him alone; while others, seeking to serve two masters, God and mammon, are woefully disappointed at last, avoid this folly and be wholly for Christ. Thus you will be able to taste the crystal streams of His heavenly love. Only the true-hearted are really happy.
How vain are all things here below!
How false, and yet how fair!
Each pleasure has its poison too,
And every sweet a snare!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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