I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me

Praise be to the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on his throne as king to rule for the LORD your God. Because of the love of your God for Israel and his desire to uphold them forever, he has made you king over them, to maintain justice and righteousness.

Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened— burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. … For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

SS 7:102Ch 9:82Sa 14:14Ps 40:6Is 55:10-11Ho 6:6

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I desire to do your will, my God

I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. … Desire without knowledge is not good—how much more will hasty feet miss the way! … The desire of the righteous ends only in good … what the righteous desire will be granted … Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. Continue reading

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You covet but you cannot get

You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. … All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. Continue reading

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He is puffed up; his desires are not upright

The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires. … Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Continue reading

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Continue reading

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The New Heart – 6

But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? Continue reading

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Do not worry about it

Do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink. … For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Continue reading

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Continue reading

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The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse

For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.” So I declared on oath in my anger, “They shall never enter my rest.” Continue reading

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Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. Continue reading

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