Ps. 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
So I have been doing some reflecting lately on what it means to be truly satisfied in Christ.
Sometimes I think we look at Ps. 37:4 and think it means when we come to God He will give us the things we want (money, children, a better house/job/body). I think this is the wrong view to take on this verse. I believe God wants us to find our delight solely in Him and Him alone. When we find our delight in Christ and not in our accomplishments, material possessions, or externals, but in the precious love of Jesus Christ our hearts will be at peace. This is where true delight in life is found. So when I look at this verse, to me what it is saying is…When we are fully satisfied in the Lord, finding our delight in Him and through being in Him, God will give us the desires of our hearts BECAUSE our desire will be for Him only.
Now, I’m not saying we won’t have desires or wants in life even when we are fully satisfied in Christ, but now our desires will be in proper perspective. Let’s not forget the verse before and after this verse in Ps. 37.
3Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Delight yourself 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:
Trust, Delight, Commit. When we TRUST Christ, we know that whatever happens to us in life that God is good and He is in control, we don’t have to have everything go the way we want because we trust God with the good and the bad. When we COMMIT our way to the Lord, we act on our faith, believing He will give us what we need.
Yes, I want certain things in life. I want to have a child, I want to be a mother, I want to have extra money in my bank account, I want to go on vacation in Europe, I want to run again someday, etc.. But at the end of the day if these things never happen, I will still praise Him, I will still love Him because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that nothing will satisfy. My life is in His hands. I have committed my way to the Lord, because I choose to put my trust in His Word, and I have no doubt that He will grant me the desire of my heart, which is to be fully delighted in Jesus Christ.