“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NIV
Which side of the comma are you living in?
Take delight in the Lord,
And he will give you the desires of your heart?
This beautiful scripture reminds me to enjoy my relationship with God and where the focus of that relationship is to come from delight. When I am focusing my life on delighting (joy, great enjoyment, and pleasure) in the Lord, the world seems like a wide open space for me to experience with someone I love. When I focus on the desires of my heart, the world seems a small closed space in which I only see what I don’t have and experience envy at the perception of what everyone else seems to have.
I’ve learned that my desires are not good taskmasters and in fact, they make great idols. They also don’t make a good foundation for a relationship, not with God or anyone else.
I’m not saying that your desires are bad, in fact, I believe that the Lord puts loads of good desires in your heart: the desire to love and be loved, to connect and be connected to, to cherish and to be cherished. I’m saying that if you focus your life on getting your desires met that you will be miserable and probably not even know why.
Living on the delight side of the comma means that your focus is on your relationship with God and being delighted in him, by him and with him. It is acknowledging that while you delight in him, he will fulfill the known and unknown desires of your heart.
Trust and Delight.
It’s a great way to live, don’t you think?