The Desires of Your Heart

     We’ve all heard Psalms 37: 4 quoted before…”Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (NKJV) Sometimes, it has been difficult to believe that God is actually concerned about the desires of my heart when there are so many other hurting people in the world with actual needs–and there is most definitely a difference in a “want” and a “need”. Now of course, I know that God will provide for all of my needs according to Philippians 4:19. My Father has never forsaken me or left me without. In fact, I am blessed beyond comprehension!! With all of those blessings, it can be tough to understand that He would feel the need to do anything for me above my actual needs. But I serve an AWESOME God who loves me and knows me so much more than I do myself.
     In this Psalm, He tells us to “Delight” ourselves in Him. That word in Hebrew translates to “`anag“, which means “to take delight and/or enjoyment in something”. Another definition for this word is “to be soft or pliable”. So not only is this command telling us to enjoy our Father’s presence, but it goes so much deeper. I have found that, when you begin to truly delight yourself in the Lord and submerge yourself in His presence and His word, your desires begin to bend and soften to what God’s desires for your life are as well. When you truly follow after God and seek His way/path for your life, you will begin to change from the inside-out. This isn’t just a “God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for this food” prayer, or saying “In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen” at the end of a bedtime prayer. We don’t solely acknowledge Him with our mouths, for we are called to acknowledge Him in ALL of our ways. We also tend to forget the verse before, which states that we should “Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” (Psalms 37: 3–NKJV) When you begin to trust in God with every situation, you will begin to Dwell with Him. Dwelling means that you have set up a habitation in His presence and that you are constantly remaining with Him. When you dwell with God, you pick up on His desires and plans for your life. When this happens, you will begin to realize that your actions, attitudes, and desires begin to reflect the God of the Universe and His desires for you. How could God not give you the desires of your heart when they begin to perfectly align with his desires?? –Emily Chester