“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart,” Psalm 37:4 (NKJV)
People will often quote this verse as a way of saying, “God will give me my desires and/or whatever I want.” They use it in reference to houses, cars, spouses, jobs and the list could go on and on. While our Heavenly Father does want us to have good things, that does not mean He is a vending machine that gives us everything we want when we pray the right prayers.
The meaning of this verse is greater than, “God will give me whatever I want.”
It begins with the word “delight.” To delight ourselves in the Lord means to be sensitive to Him. It means that our ears are open to His voice. It means that we are in touch with what He wants us to do. It means that we are moldable and pliable; open to be shaped by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.
We are no longer solely focused on ourselves and what we want. When we delight in God this way, He begins to change what we want. He drops His desires into our hearts and brings them to pass.
Instead of thinking about how God can bless us and give us the next thing on our wish lists, we open ourselves up to being used by God to bless others.
This is an important step in our relationship with Jesus and fulfilling His calling on our lives. It takes us beyond the “What will God do for me?” stage and into the maturity of, “What will God use me to do?”. This will cause us to step into an even greater dimension of our calling, because we realize that our lives are no longer just about us, but how God’s grace in us can be used to serve others.
When we learn to delight ourselves in our Heavenly Father we will find true satisfaction. We’ll enter into a deeper level of relationship with Him where we don’t just trust Him to provide for us, but also want Him to use us to bless other people.