Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
When I think of some of the desires, I have had in my heart, I am thankful that you did not grant them to me. Why is that? They certainly did not come from you. They were not good and right and pleasing to you. Having what I wanted and desired at one time, is certainly not what I would want or desire now. So, your desires have changed since you started following me? Without, a doubt. In fact, my desires now look nothing like the desires I had before I came to know and love you. How so? My old desires were of the flesh. They were earthly. I wanted comfort and pleasure. I want power and prestige. I wanted wealth and riches. Looking back, those desires were pretty pathetic. Why do you now think that? What good is a desire that has no lasting value? What good is a desire that will fade away when this life ends? What good is a desire that will bear no fruit in light of all eternity? You have asked some very good questions. What do you think? I want desires that come from you. I want desires that are good and right and pleasing to you. I want you to give me desires that will bear fruit for all eternity. I want you to grant me desires that line up with your purposes and plans. So, you are not asking for or wanting some small desires? No, I am not. But I do believe that I am asking for what you want. What do I want? You want me to live a life that bears fruit for your kingdom and brings glory to your name. That is what I want for you. Yes, well, I believe that you will give and grant this desire that is in my heart and on my mind. Yes, I will, you can be certain of that. Thank you, Lord.
Let’s take a step back. I have a few questions for you. I’m listening. How have these new and godly desires come into your heart? As I have drawn near to you and as I have delighted in you, you have given or placed these new desires in my heart. Give me another example of a new desire within you. It is my utmost and most passionate desire to know and love and follow and serve you. This desire certainly did not come from me. No, it did not. You have fanned the flame of this desire in me. Yes, I have. In fact, I would say that I am on fire with this desire in me. My heart burns for you. That is very good. What are you certain of? I am certain that you will keep on giving and granting me the desires of my heart as I continue to delight in you. Yes, I will. Thank you, Lord. I will keep on drawing near to you. I will keep on delighting in you. That will be very good.
Lord, it is my great joy to delight in you. You are so very good to me. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is the desire of my heart to know you intimately and to love and follow and serve you. Grant this desire that you have given to me. Amen
Key Question… What desire of lasting and eternal value would you like the Lord to grant to you now?
Living It Out… Make it your daily practice to express to the Lord your delight in Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will both give and grant you the desires of your heart as you delight in Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has given and granted you the desires of your heart.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you delight yourself in the Lord so He will give and grant the desires of your heart.
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