Lord, I lift up my soul to You. Come and fill the cup of my life, that I might pour it out on others.
I’m not coming today out of a sense of pressing, urgent need, but with a sense of fullness and contentment. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I know I desperately need Your life in me every minute, whether i sense the need or not. I do long for Your presence. I guess I identify with David when he wrote “How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord…better is one day in Your courts than thousands elsewhere.”
I promised peace to My followers. Peace is not the same thing as complacency or indifference. When Francis Schaeffer wrote about the dangers of pursuing personal peace and prosperity, he was talking about a self-focused, hedonistic lifestyle. My peace, My shalom stimulates love, servanthood, other-focus.
Come to Me. Those who dwell in My presence have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble.
The unfortunate young man that you read about in Proverbs 7 today was vulnerable to the wiles of the harlot because he lacked “heart”. His soul was empty, restless, thirsty because he hadn’t learned where fullness, contentment and satisfaction come from: abiding in Me and with Me.
Lack of soul-peace is a dangerous and vulnerable condition. It leaves you open to all sorts of seductions: lust, materialism, emotional instability, even financial problems. You’d be amazed at how many people get into serious trouble with debt because they are trying to buy soul-peace on credit.
So this soul-peace that comes from abiding in Your presence is related to contentment.
Sure. Contentment is being satisfied with where you are, what you have. Contentment brings peace; peace with Me and peace with others. Contented people don’t rob convenience stores or commit adultery or pick fights or spend themselves into bondage with the magic plastic carpet. I give them peace so they don’t have to go on a frantic, desperate search for it.
What about the holy men and women who are hungering, thirsting, longing, praying and working for a spiritual awakening, a revival in this nation? I wouldn’t exactly call them contented people They desperately want things to be different.
They aren’t complacent, but they ARE contented people, in that they’ve tasted and seen how good I am, and that creates a desire in them for many others to experience the same fullness.
The peace I give motivates, energizes. It stimulates love, movement, activity. Contentment is the cradle of generosity. People give freely out of a sense of fullness. Isn’t that how we started this dialogue? You asked Me to fill your cup so you could splash it out on others.
One of the manifestations of My abiding presence is delight. I anoint the heart to delight in all My various gifts: the love of your bride, the comforts of your home, the singing of the chickadee outside your study window, all of the textures and flavors and colors and aromas of life. Delight brings joy and joy draws other people. Contentment bring generosity and generosity serves people. When David exhorted you to “taste and see that the Lord is good” he didn’t just leave it at warm fuzzy feelings He expected that contentment would flow to fullness and fullness to love, service and peacemaking:
Psalm 34:8-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
9 O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who is the man who desires life
And loves length of days that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.