Psalm 37:4, “Delight Yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart”
What are our desires? What do we most want in life? Do we desire above all things to have a better paying job, a bigger house, thicker carpet, an expensive car and more money? Are we controlled by the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life? Or have been transformed from the way of this world by the renewing of our mind that that we may prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2, Are our desires in line with God’s desires?
Desires are those things we will go after and are willing to pay the cost to obtain. Intentions are those things we would like to do or obtain if it is convenient to do so. David tells us about desires:
1. Delight Yourself in The Lord: Do you enjoy time with God? Do you like Mary, love just sitting with Him and being in his presence? We all delight ourselves in certain foods, movies, people, music, but do you delight in God above all?. David wrote in psalm 40:8, “I delight to do your will O my God: Yes Your Law within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: Lo I have not reframed my lips O Lord you know.” Notice David didn’t say I have to do your will, but rather, “I delight to do your will.” This is a direct reference to the Messiah (Hebrews 10:7) Jesus delighted in the presence of His Father, and preached righteous because God’s law was in His mouth, and “He delighted to do His Fathers will.” Do you like Christ and David preach righteousness which is of the law (Romans 10:5) This will show the lost they need a savior (Romans 3:19-20)
2. Receive Your Desires: Are you controlled by the lust of the flush, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life? Or have you been transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom12:2), that you could prove what is that good acceptable and perfect will of God? Are your desires in line with God’s desires? Are your desires focuses only on you or are others included? Are we above all things “ Not willing that any should perish , but that all come to repentance “ (2 peter 3:9)?
Many may delight themselves in religious practices, but that in and of itself does not delight the heart of God. Delight should start with a heart like David and Jesus. If we delight ourselves in the Lord, the desires our heart will match His and those desires He will grant.
Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil