“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
This is one of everyone’s favorite promises from God. Because we use it as a way to convince ourselves that we can have whatever we want from God. Right? But there is so much more to this promise than first glance. This is not just a cookie cutter way of getting what we want from God. First let’s look at the verses surrounding.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37-3-5
First let’s look at our requirements here. The first one is TRUST in the Lord. We, as Christians say we trust in the Lord. But when it comes down to it do we? Are we really trusting Him with our lives when we don’t consult with Him on what we should do next? For instance, we have that job in front of us, that looks like the answer to all of our financial worries. But have we consulted with Him on whether it’s really where He wants us or not? Are we trusting Him with our purposes and our finances and our families? It’s easy to say sometimes but because we are humans who like to think we are in control, sometimes it’s hard to do. Ask yourself what are you not trusting Him with? Are you laying your worries down to Him and picking them back up as the day goes. (This is my biggest problem.) We are told here to Trust Him.
Then we are to do good, dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. What this means is simply to do what is right. Let’s be the example of right living and living out our faith to our fellow man. Right living is simply being kind and speaking truth and fighting the negativity around us with kindness. We could say this is hard to do to, but it’s us who makes it hard. It’s all about living intentionally. First and foremost just be nice to other people, regardless of their beliefs, their political alignment. They don’t have to think like us for us to be an example of kindness. Whether we agree with them or not, we can still be kind and be a light to the dark world we live in.
Then DELIGHT yourself in the Lord! What does that mean? To me it means looking forward to my time that I spend with Him. I struggle with distractions during my quiet time and I don’t know why because I love God’s word and I love when I have heard from Him and I know He is working things out for me! But I am human and if I am not careful I will find my mind wandering off on a tangent when I am right in the middle of my time with the Lord. I think the Lord loves it when we give Him our full attention! Not because He needs it but because He wants it!
And this is the cool thing when we have done the things above He will give us the desires of our heart. You know why? It’s because when we are living intentionally for Him, and doing our best to shine His light to a dark world and delighting in spending time with Him, His desires become our desires! We will find that over time, we have begun to think more kingdom minded thoughts and desire more kingdom minded things, and then yes, we find that He gives us what we desire.
I love the last verse of our little passage.
“Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him and He will act.” Ps 37:5
It sounds simple and in a way it really is. We just commit to Him and He will act on our behalf.
I love the way this passage reads in The Passion Translation. It has a great way of taking these verses and breaking them down for us.
“Keep trusting in the Lord and do what is right in his eyes. Fix your heart on the promises of God, and you will dwell in the land, feasting on his faithfulness. Find your delight and true pleasure in Yahweh, and he will give you what you desire the most. Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way, you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly!” Psalm 37:3-5 TPT
Just keep delighting in Him, keep laying your thoughts and worries and requests down to Him and trust Him along the way. He can pull it off perfectly!