“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desire of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Ps37:4-5
This passage could have been written in reverse i.e. “He will give you the desire of your heart and you can delight in the Lord”. However, the message is very clear, that is, we should delight in the Lord first and trust that He will grant our heart’s desires.
When we celebrate Mass, first, we sing His glory, we profess our belief in God the Father Almighty, in Jesus His only begotten Son, in the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Then later on, we offer our prayers and petitions.
During our prayer meetings and gatherings, we also start with acclamations, sing praise and worship songs and offer our thanksgiving before we offer our prayers and petitions.
We do it this way because we simply delight in His presence, His glory and His Majesty.
Is this what I do in my own prayer time? Do I first offer Him my acclamation, praise, worship and thanksgiving, or do I simply recite my petitions and prayers?
Do I examine my conscience before I go to sleep? Do I recall all the blessings I have received and give Lord Jesus my praise and thanksgiving? Do I call to mind the many times I have offended the Lord and others during the day and ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness?
Do I regularly go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Do I humbly ask forgiveness from God and those whom I have offended? How easy or difficult is it for me to forgive myself and others?