Getting the Desires of Your Heart
Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
In Psalm 23:1, we saw the promise that when the Lord is truly leading us that we will be able to say – “I shall not want.” This verse is similar. It promises that the Lord will give us the desires of our heart.
Just like the verse in Psalm 23, this verse is conditional. That means there is a part for the believer to fulfill before God does His part.
The condition is to “delight” in the Lord. Many people are religious, and some are glad to be saved, but not that many truly delight themselves in the Lord. Think about things you really like. Some like football, some like cars, and others may like computer games or making money. Now ask yourself which you would rather do: watch a football game (or whatever you like to do), or read your Bible and pray? Be honest.
The answer to that question will reveal your real delight. It is likely that other things prevent a real hunger for God and His Word.
Now God made the promise, and He means it. He also tells us, in James 4:8: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” This means get close to God, and put away anything that prevents it – then He can be free to give you your heart’s desire, and then He can trust you with it. Drawing close to God is necessary for any kind of real Christian growth.
Remember, though, that as we draw close to Him, we will find that some of those desires will change. After all, what can compare with being able to talk with the Creator of all things, and the Savior Who gave Himself for us?