The Desires of your Heart

Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

This is an interesting verse. We feel like we understand what it’s saying, but how can that possibly be what it’s saying?

The thing is, we get read this verse and stumble over the second part of it. We then go back and read the second part again. And again. And again. Because how can that be true? Did I miss that day in church when they talked about getting the desires of your heart?

heart on white backgroundIn doing this, we miss the first part of the verse, which is just as important (if not more so) as the second part. “Take delight in the Lord”. What does that mean?

Some versions say, “Delight yourself also in the Lord”. Really, it means what it says. To take delight in the things of God. To find joy when you’re spending time with the Lord, and to feel empty when you aren’t. When God is number one in your life; when He’s the desire of your heart!

But hang on a second–did you catch that? You see, when you delight yourself in the Lord, He becomes the desire of your heart! When God isn’t number one in our lives, the thing we may want most is a cool car, or a million dollars, or something along those lines. But when God is the desire of our hearts, we want what He wants. Our desire is for His will to be done!

This verse is just another example of the amazing things that can happen the closer we grow to God.



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