Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
My desires have changed dramatically since I started loving, following and serving you. How so? At one time, all my desires were focused on worldly things. Like what? I lived solely to earn money and acquire possessions. I wanted all that money could buy. I sought comfort and pleasure. My heart and mind and life were focused on the things of this life. I foolishly lived as if this life was my final destination. I did not see the folly of trying to store up treasures on earth. That’s not good. I know it’s not.
What about now? You have completely changed the desires of my heart. How so? Now, I know that I do not desire to store up treasures on earth. Now, nothing is more desirable to me than to live a life that is good and right and true and pleasing in your sight. Now, I want to know you. Now, I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to draw near to you. I want to receive your instruction. I want to follow your guidance. Now, I want to go and do your will. Now, I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That is very good. Yes, I know it is.
What do you know about me? I know that you are both the giver and granter of desires. What do you mean by that? You give or place desires in my heart. How do you know that? I now have desires in my heart that certainly could not have come from me. I now have desires in my heart that can only have come from you. That is true. How do you know that I am the granter of desires? You have been granting my desires. How so? I have wanted to come to know you. You are helping me to come to know you. I have wanted to serve you. You are helping me to serve you. I have wanted to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. You are helping me to love you with all that is within me. I have wanted to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You are helping me to be a faithful and fruitful witness for you in the world. Yes, I have and will continue to do all these things for you. There is no doubt in my mind that you will continue to give and grant me the desires of my heart. Yes, I will. You can count on that. That is what I will do, I will keep counting on you. That is very good.
Lord, it is my joy to take delight in you. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I want more than to hear from you. I want to live my life with and for you. Thank you for both giving and granting me the desires of my heart. Amen
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