Sunday, August 14, 2011

Chaos of our Desires

You may have heard an orchestra tuning up before a concert. It sounds like total chaos-oboes, cello, french horns, dozens of instruments all sounding off, everyone doing his own thing. Trills, groans, whistles, thumps-an absolute cacophany. This is how our desires seem most of the time. But when the first violin plays a long high C, and slowly, all of the instruments begin to join in. They become focused, centered, ready to perform. 

Such is what happens with the chaos of our desires when we turn our souls to God in worship. All of the other desires find their place as we give God his place. This is why the psalmist urges us, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:4). Only as we truly delight in God is it safe to give us our desires, for then they are not likely to become idols. And by our delighting in God, he heals our false desires as our souls come true in the light of their Maker. Worship becomes the means by which we most deeply heal our desire.

Take from Chapter 10 of the Book 'Desire', by John Eldredge. 

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