Being someone who loves to craft and decorate, I make a lot of DIY projects and put them up all over my bedroom. One particular DIY that I did was a “Verse of the Week” chalkboard. It is still hanging up on my wall as I am writing this! The verse that I seemed to write down the most often was Psalms 37:4, which says “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” For some reason, it wasn’t until just recently, within the past four months or so, that this verse really stood out to me and I began to see it in a whole knew light.
I started really thinking about this verse, I continued to read on into the rest of Psalms 37, and I began to pray. I remember asking God as I prayed, “The bible says that if I delight myself in You, You will give me what my heart desires. What does that mean? How do I even achieve something like that?” Let me just say, God is Good!! He has proven to me time after time that when we are truly craving answers, and our hearts are honestly seeking after His truth, He will not hesitate to give clarity and instruction.
When you read this, do you think about how the church as a whole views “delighting in the Lord”? Do you think about how you view it? A lot of us see delight as something we feel when we take pleasure in something. It is what we experience when something gives a sense of satisfaction. And though, that may apply in certain circumstance, it does not in the context that Psalms 37:4 is referring to. It is when we truly find fulfillment in the Lord that we see how the “delight” comes into action. If we honestly find peace and value in Jesus, the Word says that He will give us what our hearts long for. Something I found rather interesting was reading the Hebrew definition of delight and how it is used in this context. From what I had read, it means “to become delicate; being pliable or sensitive.” And that is such a precious way to describe “delighting in the Lord.” When we find ourselves completely vulnerable to the presence of the Lord, our hearts turn into a pliable, workable clay that He molds and transforms.
Our hearts become captivated by the Lord, and the Holy Spirit begins to influence the desires of our hearts. “But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living within you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:10-11. When we accept Christ into our hearts and make Him the Lord of our lives, the Holy Spirit gives us new life. He begins to mold us into a people more like Jesus, and through Him, we live. This verse is so important to understanding that the Holy Spirit lives within those who are followers of Jesus and that this is such a strong and valuable relationship.
When we truly delight ourselves in the Lord, the Holy Spirit will begin to influence the desires of our hearts. We will be so completely changed, from the inside out, that our hearts will begin to desire Him. It will change us in such a way that we desire and crave God’s will; we want what He wants. It is not about what we want. It never has been or will be. No matter how right things appear to be in our eyes, it is not about us. “Not to us, Lord, not to us but your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” Psalms 115:1. We can run after and pursue things that we wholeheartedly believe are good in God’s sight, but what we really need to be chasing after and pursuing is Christ.
The Lord promises that He will sustain us. “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; the righteous will never be shaken.” Psalms 55:22. When we dedicate ourselves to Him, truly delighting in Him, the Holy Spirit will mold and revive our hearts. He will mold us in such a profound way, that our hearts will turn into something that is pleasing to the Lord, desiring to serve Him and give Him glory! He will indeed, as the Word says, give us the desires of our hearts. I pray that this gave some clarity and sheds light on the importance of your growth in the Lord. I pray that He pulls you closer, and takes you deeper into a relationship with Him; that the desires of your heart, which have been transformed through the Holy Spirit, will be given to you. God bless!