July 19, 2004
Our Hearts' Desires
"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the
desires of your heart" (Tehillim / Psalms 37:4).
Some weeks ago I addressed the issue of getting in
touch with our God-given dreams. Once we discover the
dreams God has put in our hearts, we can begin our
journey towards realizing them. King David in the
Psalm that we read asserts this.
The Master of the Universe cares enough about us that
he is moved by the things that are on our hearts. God
wants to give us what we long for. Yet according to
King David, God doesn't respond to everyone's heart
The person whose heart's desires God grants is the one
who delights himself in God. God is not like a genie
in a bottle who grants wishes to those who have
figured out how to control him. He responds to the
desires of those who are in a loving relationship with
Those who delight themselves in God are those who love
God and his ways. They love what he loves and hates
what he hates. The things that make God happy make
them happy, and the things that give him grief,
Delighting in God is not about being religious. It is
not about fulfilling ritual obligations. It is about
looking at life from God's perspective. It is about
caring for our spouses and children. It's about having
regard for the poor and needy. It is about caring
about justice and fairness. It is about knowing and
teaching truth. It's about being thankful for our
provision and looking to our Creator for all our
Those who delight in God are not selfish. They don't
insist on their own way. They are quick to forgive and
to ask for forgiveness when needed. They are truly
humble. They acknowledge the work of God in history,
in their own lives, and in the lives or others.
To delight ourselves in God is to find our greatest
pleasure in him and in the things that matter to him.
It is these people that can have confidence that God
will give them the desires of their hearts.
You might think that if you would truly delight in
God, you wouldn't have any desires. Some people equate
faith in God with absolute contentment, thinking that
if they truly trust God, then they would have no real
needs or wants.
But nothing could be further from the truth. When we
delight in God, our eyes open to the reality around us
- living in a world spinning out of control, ignoring
God and his goodness. It is when we delight in God
that we truly begin to get in touch with our deepest
needs and the needs of others. When we truly delight
in God we begin to see what life can really be. When
we delight in God we begin to see the difference that
God can make. So instead of being devoid of desire,
desire begins to burn in us like nothing we have
experienced before. At times the great gap between
what is and what can be almost seems to crush us.
But there's good news: if we delight ourselves in the
Lord, he will give us the desires of our hearts.
When desire begins to burn within us, and we don't see
those desires realized quickly, we can easily be
tempted to give up, to quit delighting in God. That's
why we need to hear the confident words of David: God
will come through for us. As we delight in him, he
will not allow the fire of desire to consume us. If we
keep on delighting in him, our hearts' desires will be