Stop to Smell the Roses

Proverbs 6:1-8, Psalm 37-38

Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

O LORD, God, you are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love and mercy.  You forgive me abundantly and graciously, even forgiving all my wickedness, rebellion and sin.  But it’s so easy to forget about all of this.  It’s true – familiarity does breed contempt.  It isn’t, Lord God, that I that I dislike you; but I’ve been around you for so long that your goodness becomes all too common to me.  What used to catch my attention and capture my heart fades into the background as common like scenery along a patch of the highway.  I used to marvel at it; but now I hardly notice it.  O God, help me to delight in you.  When I come into your house tomorrow help me to marvel at the wonder at what’s happening. Keep worship from becoming common.  Keep me from losing my wonder at my time with you.  There in your house you come to me in your Word. You come to tell me, yes, me, that I am loved and forgiven for the things that I’ve done.  Your mercies are new each morning.  You come to me in your Word to speak to me, to speak words of affirmation and forgiveness, to speak words of correction and rebuke, to speak words of transformation and direction.  In worship I get to come and be with you.  Help me to take time today to enjoy your gifts to me.  Restore to my heart the joy of salvation, the salvation you give me every time we gather for worship.  Renew in me a steadfast and transformed heart to live before you with joy and wonder at all your gifts. Help me to enjoy and savor every gift you give and every moment we have together.  Amen.