The Desires of Our Heart

God promises that he will gives us the desires of our heart. What exactly does that mean?

Psalm 37 is among my favorite Psalms.  It boldly proclaims that God will give us the desires of our hearts.  Everyone has desires.  Each one of us may have different ones.  The granting of the desires of our heart is conditional of course.  Read Psalm 37 to see what God requires of us but what He gives in return.  In this chapter we are told to commit to Him, (v 5), to rest in Him (v 7), to wait on Him (v 34), and to take refuge in Him (v 40). If we do we will delight in Him (v 4), we will stand firm (v 23), we will never beg for bread (v 25), we will be protected (v 28), we will have a future (v 37), we will have a stronghold (v 39), He will help us  (v 40), and He will deliver us (v 40).  We will receive all of these benefits if only we delight ourselves in Him.

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So how do you delight in the Lord so that you may receive the desires of your heart?  What is delight?  Here is the definition and when you read it, just imagine that God is the focus and subject of your delight.  Delight: A great satisfaction and joy; something (or someone) that gives great pleasure; to satisfy greatly; to please.  That’s the key to finding the desires of your heart.  Take great pleasure in God’s goodness. Take joy in your salvation. Let Him satisfy your every need. Please Him in all that you do.  Desires take time. This is where the words of Psalm 37 are clear; wait, rest, trust, and know.  If you delight in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart.  It is not a quid pro quo God, but a God Who Himself delights in and takes holy pleasure in giving us the desires of our hearts.  If you delight in Him, He willgive you the desires of our heart.

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4 (ESV)