Most of us know the verse that tells us the Lord will give us the desires of our heart… but I think what many of us (myself included) overlook is that we must delight in the Lord FIRST.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
“Delight yourself in the Lord,” is first. It comes before “and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I do not think this is by chance or accident but that it is written this way. We must first find our delight, joy, peace, comfort, ______ (fill in the blank with whatever you are desiring) in Him… and then He is able to give us the desires of our hearts because… our hearts will have been shaped to His. Our desires will then be for Him… and His purposes. Those are desires He,being a righteous God, can fulfill!
I think we seek the desires part more than the delight part. We say “but I believe so He will give me the desires of my heart like the Bible says.” But we neglect the first part… to delight in Him first. That is like trying to go on a trip to a destination you very much long to be… without putting gas in the car! And then getting mad at the car! We get mad at God for not giving us our desires but we have yet to delight in Him.
What does it mean to “delight yourself in the Lord”? The word delight is defined as:
Let the Lord please you greatly. Let Him charm you, enchant you, captivate you. Let Him Thrill you! What thrills you? Ask the Lord to thrill you today… and to make it clear when that moment comes! Take great pleasure in the Lord! Let Him be your happiness and joy! Let Him fill you with glee!
I don’t know the last time I asked the Lord to delight me. Can you remember when you did it last? But I think He longs to do so.
I can however, remember the last time I looked to my husband to delight me, or my facebook page, or my baby girl, or ______ (I could fill in the blank with so many things!) …I got it wrong. I need to look to the Lord first for my delight… and then get out of His way. 🙂
I challenge you to ask the Lord to delight you…. and then let Him. You will find that is what you actually desired all along.