The other day the Lord called to mind Psalm 37:4.
Perhaps I didn’t give myself enough room to think about it, but I couldn’t remember what verse this was. Sure, I had read it before in my reading of the Psalms, but I didn’t know what reference this was off the top of my head.
Then when I read the verse, the next thing that came to mind was the song we had the children sing in the Good News Club.
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust Him and He will act.”
I know that for a lot of us this is a passage of Scripture we turn to when we need a reminder of God’s faithfulness. When we are praying and believing for something we desire according to God’s will, Psalm 37:4 is a natural go-to.
If I delight myself in Him then He will give me the desires of my heart.
Such an awesome thought.
But wait a minute. If you’re anything like me (ignoring the bold font), the emphasis you put on this verse was the latter portion.
He will give me the desires of my heart.
What about the first part? The most important aspect of this timeless truth. Delight yourself in the Lord.
Delighting ourselves in the Lord is realizing that He and He alone can ever truly fulfill the emptiness of our soul.
Now I’m not downplaying the very real and very authentic desires of our hearts. For me, my deepest desire is to be married and to do ministry with my husband for life.
While I don’t know exactly what prayer sends you to your knees or breaks you into a place of utter humility, I know that each God-honoring desire we have is important to the Father.
But if we seek for that husband or that healing to be our fulfillment we will come out on the other side feeling weak and confused. Isn’t that what we wanted? But why is it not like I expected?
Because, my friend, we can’t put God-sized expectancy on finite entity. We can’t expect to find true peace and the fullness of our identity in anyone or anything other than Jesus Christ. It doesn’t work, and it’s a dangerous place to be.
Instead of focusing on the second part of Psalm 37:4, today I want us to truly seek the meaning of delighting ourselves in the Lord. Of finding that all-encompassing, transcendent joy in God Almighty. Of knowing what it is to intimately and individually rest in the Father. Of experiencing His goodness and opening the passageway for others to experience that peace, too.
Delight yourself in the Lord.
Dig so deep into who He is that all else pales in comparison. That the things that were worrying us are diminished in light of His greatness and power. Remembering that He holds all authority. He knows our hearts, and as our Father, He desires to give us bread for rocks.
So learn to trust Him. Learn Who He is, and you’ll never again doubt who you are.