“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” —Psalm 37:4
Here we have a Bible verse that is often misconstrued. It does not say you can have anything you wish, or whatever your heart desires.
What it really says is when we delight in the Lord, we will begin to desire the same things He does. Or in other words, when we delight in the Lord, He will rewrite the desires of our hearts.
In our humanness, the things that matter most are selfish. Among our earliest words, we were crying, “Mine!” refusing to share our toys. As we age, the cry “Mine!” is affixed to more mature toys: success and affluence. We want what we want.
As we delight in the Lord, the things that matter to Him take on new importance in us. Love, peace, kindness, obedience, compassion, grace, forgiveness—these things and more—will become our passions.
In many ways, it is a shift from selfish to selfless desires, self-focused to others-focused. It’s spiritual growth.
This maturation doesn’t happen by accident. It is only as you intentionally inquire what’s on His heart that your heart changes. It’s relational. It’s inquiring. It’s listening.
Have you been asking God to give you the desires of your heart without first seeking to understand what’s on His heart? Delight in God, His will, and His purposes.
Watch how the desires of your heart take on new depth and meaning—and become new and powerful realities.
My prayer for this week:
Dear Lord, I confess my selfishness and want instead the selflessness Jesus embodies. Please do a divine work in my life. Show me your heart. Align my desires with yours, my will with yours, my purpose with yours. Then, Lord, fulfill this scripture: give me the desires of my heart!—so that others are blessed and you are magnified. Amen.