Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Today we will dissect this familiar verse and offer a new perspective on it. I’ve perhaps quoted this scripture several times, really focusing in on that last part, he will give you the desires of your heart. In my younger adult years I remember the first time the lottery was over 100 million dollars and I decided I was going to win. I went and bought my very first lottery ticket and I just knew if I repeated this scripture enough, the winning numbers would be in my hand. The lord will give me the desires of my heart. My desire was to win that lottery. And then I began wheeling and dealing with God, you know the way we all do. Lord, if you let me win this I will give you half. Okay, that was aggressive, I will give you 10%. 10% is still a lot you know God. I will do good works with this money. Give me the desires of my heart.
Did I win? Nope, in fact if memory serves me correctly I didn’t have a single matching number. So what went wrong here? Could I have misread this scripture? Could we be taking it out of context?
He will give you the desires of your heart. Read that again, he will give you the desires of your heart. He will give you the desires of your heart. The desires of your heart will come from God. See the shift in perspective here? God’s not a geanie in a bottle granting you your every wish, he’s your loving creator and he places the deepest of your hearts desires within you. The desires you have in your heart were placed there by God.
Now, don’t be confused. My desire to win the lottery wasn’t a desire of the heart, that was a desire of the flesh. True desires of the heart are given to us by God and they guide us to our purpose. The very reason why God made you is found in the desires of your heart. Perhaps we’ve been led by the desires of the flesh for so long that it’s hard for us to even know what a desire of the heart looks and feels like. Well, don’t you want to find out?
Consider the true, God given desires within your heart to be like a hidden treasure. These are the keys to your BEST life. A roadmap to your most fulfilling, satisfying BIG Life. Start seeking this treasure within you. Start seeking God for the desires of your heart. Seek and ye shall find.
He will give you the desires of your heart. Now it’s funny, looking back realizing the timing of my earnest prayer over that big lottery I began praying Lord, please give me the desires of my heart, I thought he didn’t answer when the winning numbers weren’t mine. But you see he did. He planted a desire within my heart to do this. A desire to guide you in starting your morning right. A desire I didn’t seem suited for because I’m naturally too loud and peppy for most people’s taste at 6 am in the morning. But God sure did give me the desires of my heart. Not the winning lottery ticket, but a purpose. The TRUE desires of your heart come from God. They’re there for a reason. Follow them. Not the flesh, the heart. Not the flesh, the heart. The heart, the heart.
Let’s go back to that scripture again. Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Take delight in the Lord. That means find your peace, fulfillment and happiness in him. If you will find your satisfaction and your self worth, your VALUE in Christ, then he will give you longings in your heart, desires that bring you in alignment with his will and you will never ever again be unfulfilled.