We all desire. The only difference is found in what we desire. What is your desire?
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Since these words were first set forth in sacred Scripture, many have misunderstood them. Too many wrongly receive this verse as a blank check from heaven to cash in on anything their sinful hearts desire.
But this is not for you! The key to understanding the truth of Psalm 37:4 is found in the first five words: Delight yourself in the Lord.
When your delight is in the Lord, your desires are of the Lord and for the Lord, and these desires He delights to give to you. When your heart beats as one with the Savior, your goals are His goals . . . your dreams are His dreams . . . your pursuits are His pursuits . . . your agendas are His agendas . . . your affections are His affections.
“Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord,” Hosea exhorted; “his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth” (Hosea 6:3). One of the amazing powers of the Gospel is located in the fact that the more you delight in the Lord, the more He plants within you the qualities that matter most to Him. The Gospel empowers you to look up at God and out at others, rather than focusing in on yourself. By nature, unaided by the Holy Spirit, you want what you want, when you want it, and how you want it. But when Jesus shows up, He begins to change you from the inside out. Your desires begin to take on the shape of the cross; you seek the things of God and the good of others, and when you ascend to this place of living, God delights to give to you the desires of your heart. When what you desire is rooted in Christ, you can be assured it is already on the way.
So . . . what do you seek to bring you happiness and joy? What are you pressing toward? Blaise Pascal rightly observed, “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even those who hang themselves.”
Some Christians don’t think we should be seeking the desires of the heart, but this is because they do not understand the goodness of our God. Our desires do not compete with God when they are centered on God. Idols compete with God, because they cause us to forsake God and find our joy, delight, and happiness in things much smaller than God.
God delights in filling His children with joy, but He will only do that through a growing relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. Those who are in Christ will find that God delights to deliver divine desires.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!