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Delight thyself also in the Lord

By A.B. Simpson


      Daniel's heart was filled with God's love for His work and kingdom, and his prayers were the mightiest forces of his time. Through them God gave to him the restoration of Israel to their own land, and the acknowledgment by the rulers of the world of the God of whom he testified and for whom he lived. There is a beautiful promise in Psalm 37: Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (v.4). It is, perhaps, legitimate to translate this as meaning not only the fulfillment of our desires, but even the inspiration of our desires, the inbreathing of His thoughts into us so that our prayers shall be in accord with His will and bring back to us the unfailing answer of His mighty providence. Teach me Thy thoughts, 0 God! Think Thou, Thyself, in me; Then shall I only always think Thine own thoughts after Thee. Teach me Thy thoughts, 0 God! Show me Thy plan divine; Save me from all my plans and works, And lead me into Thine.

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