Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. -Psalm 37:4
This verse is probably one of the most misunderstood and misquoted passages in the Bible. We love it, because it is a good promise. But when God fails to provide us with the desires of our hearts – whether it’s a longing to get married, have children, a certain job, or whatever else we desire- we tend to doubt Him.
Maybe it will help to put this verse in context with the rest of the Psalm. The surrounding verses offer this advice:
- Trust in the Lord.
- Do good.
- Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
- Commit your way to the Lord.
- Wait patiently.
- Do not fret.
You see, its not about the desires part, but about delighting ourselves in the Lord. And these six ways are just a fraction of the possibilities of how we can do that. When we spend our days walking on His narrow path, doing good and trusting in Him and His faithfulness, we begin to become like Him. His dreams become your dreams. His priorities become your priorities.
It’s like the saying that we are the five people we spend the most time with. We are who we surround ourselves with and what we fill our hearts and minds with. If I spend a lot of my time on the Internet and Social Media, I begin to want what I see – the clothes all the fashion bloggers are wearing or the chance to travel the World because it seems like everyone is on vacation right now. I might even start to ask God for those things. And although some of these things aren’t bad in themselves, too often they overshadow our desires to become women of God.
Because when I fill my heart and mind with His word, I began to want to be like Him – to be patient and kind, humble and righteous. The worries of this World fall away and suddenly I don’t care anymore about fashion trends, global trotting, a “beach-ready” body, a white fancy kitchen or the perfect wedding. Because I find something more important and eternal to desire. I’d much rather He grant me those desires than anything this World tells me I should want.