The Pleasure of God’s Company

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Praying Hands by Albrecht Dürer

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Psalm 37:4 NLT

Delight in the wonder of our relationship, and be sure of focusEnchantment with anything else can be disillusioning, but I never fail. Avoid false gods of the heart — never let anything usurp First Place. Worship the Invisible and Eternal One, be content with your lot in life, and walk humbly with the King of your heart — live a purpose-driven life.  Enjoy the pleasure of My company and vindicate your faith to the world. 

Dedicate yourself to living My way, and be sure of fulfillment. Devoting yourself to lesser causes leads to despair, but relying on Me and committing your energy to My service increases hope and peace.  Place your entire being on the altar of sacrifice – trust and obey Me . . . there is no other way to be happy in Jesus.  Want a noble purpose?  Searching for a reason to be here after?  Walk in My steps.

Depend on Me in life’s waiting room, and be sure of a bright futureBe calm in My Presence . . . wait patiently for Me . . . steady as you go.   Relying on anything else will be disheartening.  Other staffs you lean on will break and pierce your hand and heart – I am the only absolutely trustable spot in the universe.

Decline wrath, and be sure of friendship.  Giving in to rage and anger always disrupts relationships.  I alone bring perfect peace — let Me.  

Discipline your walk, and be sure of forward spiritual progress. You stumble on your own, but you will never fall if you hold My hand — I will see that you make progress in Christlikeness. Some will tell you the devil is in the details – the fact is I delight in every detail of your life. An undisciplined day paints a sunset of defeat — watch your step!

Displace all wickedness, and be sure of fidelity to your Master. If you want to really live, you must reverse evil!  Transgression distracts from life’s highest purpose and is deadly to peace. I place you in a crucible to purify you and draw you nearer to My side – stay close.

Decide for wisdom, and be sure of fairness in your relationships. Know the difference between right and wrong, then choose wisely.  Do not join fools practicing deception and deceit.  Keep company with Me and you will enjoy life’s best!           


(c) Johnny R. Almond

        

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Johnny R. Almond earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and a Diploma in Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. After pastoring churches for a decade, he served the Air Force as a military chaplain in worldwide assignments. After retiring from the military in 2000, he began serving as pastor in Virginia. He currently serves as pastor of Hull's Memorial Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He and his wife, Beverly, have four sons, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.

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