Our Heart’s Desires
When we spend time in the Word, and praying, God will unlock His mysteries to us. He will show us things we have never noticed before. We may have to get our perspective out of the way, and allow what could be God’s perspective to penetrate. It seemed that happened to me this morning as I rose early and opened my Bible. I began praying, and seeking God, and He took me to Psalm 37:4 which says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” In the KJV it reads, “In the same manner delight thyself in the LORD, and he shall give thee the desires of thy heart.” I’m sure many of you recognize this Truth, but what is our Father in Heaven really saying here? Do you want to know what I thought He was saying, up until about ten minutes ago? I thought God was always telling me that if I delight myself in Him, He will give me what I want. He will give me what I desire—which sounds like a great promise. Okay, God, I’ll do it! Sign me up! I’ll focus on You, be obedient to You, and there we go! You get what You want, I get what I want, and we’re both happy. Of course I knew that probably didn’t mean a million dollars, a beach house, or the perfect body. But it was still going to be awesome!
Here’s what God showed me this morning as I prayed through some things. Let’s re-read the verse slowly, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” What is God saying He will give us?—our heart’s desires. Could this possibly mean that what is placed in our hearts will be from Him, thus diminishing our selfish desires and filling our hearts with His godly ones? He will put the right desires in our hearts—ones that will be His will and benefit His Kingdom work? That’s what I’m getting from it today. After years and years of reading, hearing, and thinking I understood this passage, I think I had it wrong. Maybe I’m just behind in the game...if so, please just give me a chance to catch up. But if you’re like me, and you thought we were going to get what we wanted by delighting in God, let’s think again.
Here’s a situation that may help to illustrate this. Say God is calling us to do something that we really don’t want to do. Maybe He is asking us to move, or to change jobs, or to give up something or someone we love very much. And we are completely, and absolutely resistant to it. No way! No how! I don’t want to. But since we want to take our delight in the Lord, and are still hoping He will give us what we want, we comply for at least the time being. Now during that obedience, something starts to change in us. And it surprises even us. What? What has happened to my heart? A while ago this was the last thing I wanted, and now I’m not only okay with it, but I’m starting to see what God might even be doing with it. God’s desires slowly but surely can become ours. We can find ourselves serving Him joyfully in it and through it because obedience brings joy!
In Searching And Noticing the Divine today, I thank You, Lord, for conforming our hearts to Yours, which is how they were meant to be in the first place. Help us to notice more and more that Your ways are the best ways, and our delight in You grows as Your desires become our desires. Thank You for giving our hearts what they need. As Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, “…I want your will, not mine.” Luke 22:42 (NLT) Amen
…I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart.
Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT)