Friday, 6 June 2014

The Desires of Your Heart

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 ESV

I suspect at some time or another each of us has taken a Biblical verse out of context and applied a meaning to that verse or portion of a verse that was not intended by the ultimate Author.  Take today’s verse for example.  If I put the emphasis on the back portion of this verse I am looking to God to meet my desires.  I always desired to be good enough at basketball to play on the high school team.  Sadly I was too short, too slow and not a good shot.  I always desired to be a jazz pianist.  I didn’t desire to practice.  I have had a strong desire to be a better than average golfer.  As of now average would be a huge improvement.  So what am I missing?

It wouldn’t take a genius to understand that all my desires are about me, accomplishments that would make me feel good about life and about me.  News flash, life is not all about me but it is about my relationship with God.

So the deeper meaning to this verse must be found in the beginning of the verse, i.e. “Delight yourself in the Lord…”  What does that mean? 

To delight in someone means that I derive enjoyment from our relationship, or that I take pleasure in being with them, or I find our time together mutually satisfying and gratifying.  To follow this train of thought might suggest that to the extent that my relationship with the Lord is rich, to that extent I will be able to thoroughly appreciate my time with Him.  God becomes the object and source of my joy.  The desire of my heart will be to spend more and more time with Him.

What if because of the joy I derive from my relationship with the Lord I desire to please Him.  One way to please Him is to be the husband/wife that He has called me to be.  This is important because God only created two institutions, both were to be show cases for His love, grace and mercy.  Specifically God created the Church and marriage.  Each of which provides a witness to the watching world.

As I relook at the verse my focus has changed from it’s all about me to its all about Him.

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