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Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the des
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

There is a promise found in this verse, however it is one of the most misunderstood promises found in the Bible. Are you one of the many who have struggled with this promise and wondered why God does not give you the desires of your heart? Then join me as I share how He opened my understanding to this verse.

It is a very short verse, so could we really be missing something in it? Well, let's first lay some ground work for the verse. To delight yourself, would mean to be very happy‚‚¬I think everyone would agree with that statement. Some people have said, but I love the Lord and do many things to serve the Lord and I read and pray and tell others about Him, so why does He not give me the desires of my heart?

No where in this verse does it say, "love God or serve God and He will give you the desires of your heart". It says, delight yourself "IN"‚‚¬ the Lord and notice it does not say, "WITH" the Lord. There is a difference, to be very happy with God would mean that your circumstances are going well and you are happy with Him, but if your circumstances change and are not going well, then you might not be as happy with Him.

We are to delight ourselves "IN" God, for who He is, a God who Loves us and created us to have a love relationship with Him. An all knowing, all powerful God of Love who created the world and everything and everyone in it, a God who has chosen to be our Father if we repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus.

And delight ourselves for what He has already done at the cross, not what we want and hope He will do on a daily basis. He loved us so much that He gave His only Son up to die a horrible death for us that if we chose to believe in Him, we can spend an eternity in heaven enjoying that love relationship that He created us for.

The verse has another word in it we must address‚‚¬the word, "also". So we must check out the verse prior to this one to see what it says. Psalm 37:3-Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. So we are to trust in the Lord, do good and feed on His faithfulness and delight ourselves "ALSO" in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our hearts.

Now for the really wonderful truth in this verse, if we truly delight ourselves "IN" God for who He is and what He has done through Jesus Christ for us, then the desires of our hearts will change from fleshly and self centered desires to Godly kingdom centered desires. These are the desires of our hearts that God will give us. The desires of our heart must not go against His nature, Will or Word and when they line up with these three things, then He will give them to us.

I challenge you today, to truly delight yourself "IN" God and see if He doesn't give you the desires of your heart.
God Bless,

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Published: Feb 18 2010 05:00:52am

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Joyce Bethy Ferguson (@bethy)

I suppose though it does depend on one's desires doesn't it?
But then again, if we delight ourselves in the Lord our desires should match his will for us.

And then i sometimes wonder do I truly delight myself in the Lord. As you say, a small verse, yet it holds so much weight and promise.

I so do like this. thankyou.

Ted Foy (@following)

Bethy, Thanks, as I read God's Word I believe every word of it and so when I see a promise in His word I stand on it and if I do not see this promise holding true in my life, then I study to see why not. God's love is unconditional, although many of His promises to us do have conditions. For instance: "IF" we believe Jesus is the Son of God and call upon the name of the Lord...(THEN) we shall be saved. Romans 10:9-13 God's love is conditional, but salvation has conditions...Repent and Faith. "IF" we confess our sins, (THEN) He is faithful and just to forgivess us and cleanse of all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 And this verse in Psalms (37:4) has conditions as well and It was only recently that He opened my understanding to this. Blessings to you, Ted

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