Our Hearts Desire
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.Psalm 37:4
This is one of those verses that I used to interpret very differently than I do today.
For years, when I read this, I saw it as a transactional promise. If I deposit delight in God, then He will return what I desire. I give Him my joy, then He gives me what I ask Him for. It’s a simple exchange. It’s reciprocal.
But I don’t think that’s what this verse is getting at because God is all about relationships, not transactions.
Now I see this verse as a sign of my relationship with Him. The more I delight in God, the more he will root out those ugly things in my heart. As I draw nearer to Him, He will make my desires more like His. That’s a beautiful exchange!
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This morning, I woke up consumed with all of my desires—my benefit, my good, my version of success—and I realized that I wasn’t delighting in Him. So I had to quiet my thoughts and remember who my God is.
While there are many things to enjoy in this world, the Lord is our ultimate treasure. Those things that I woke up wanting pale in comparison to the immense wonder and majesty of our God.
And He doesn’t hide Himself away in a safe that’s impossible to crack, but makes Himself accessible. God makes Himself available so that we can delight in Him. Let’s accept His invitation to enjoy His presence today! Let’s make time to see Him as our ultimate treasure.Let's accept God's invitation today, and let Him be our ultimate treasure. Click To Tweet
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This is an awesome exchange, Sarah! I appreciate how you articulated this truth, “The more I delight in God, the more he will root out those ugly things in my heart. As I draw nearer to Him, He will make my desires more like His.”
Thanks so much for your kind words!