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Obtaining the Desires of Your Heart

Updated on August 24, 2011

Our Desires VS God's Desires For Us

Obtaining the Desires of Your Heart

What are the desires of your heart? Perhaps you want a new car, new house, new fishing boat, new computer, a big-screen TV, more spare time, a new companion to share your life with, or maybe just more money. The bible tells us that God actually wants us to have the desires of our hearts. The question is, do we desire things that God wants us to have? Do you desire a closer relationship with God? Do you desire to do God’s will? Do you desire things that will bring glory to God? If God were to give you everything you want right now, would you use it to glorify Him and further His kingdom, or would you use it for selfish reasons? Do you desire spiritual gain, or selfish, material gain? Psalm 37:4-6 (NIV) says this 4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.“ The King James Version says “Delight thyself in the LORD” If we truly take delight, or delight ourselves in the Lord, many times the desires of our hearts will change. Too many times our human nature causes us to take delight in earthly things. Some take delight in money and expensive possessions, some take delight in sporting events, some take delight in sexual pleasures, and there are thousands of other things that can come between us and the blessings that God wants to give us. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the benefits of being wealthy or financially blessed, there’s nothing wrong with attending or watching sporting events and cheering for your favorite team, and there’s nothing wrong with a married couple enjoying each-other sexually, but if these things come between you and your relationship with God, then you may want to re-evaluate your priorities.

If we truly take delight in the Lord, we find great joy in serving Him and doing His will. The word delight in Psalm 37:4 comes from the Hebrew word anag, which means to enjoy; it can also mean to enjoy something delicate, or to be sensitive to something delightful. This carries with it the idea of enjoying fellowship with God, or being sensitive to the will of God, so we see if we delight ourselves in the Lord we become sensitive to His will, we become delighted in our fellowship with Him and therefore the desires of our hearts become what God desires for us. If we delight in the Lord, we will desire to commit to the Lord, and He will indeed give us a righteous reward.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I desire to be more like you, and to do your will. Please help me to put aside everything that has come between me and your will for me. Help me to find true delight in serving you, and refine the desires of my heart. In the precious name of Jesus I pray, Amen.


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