“Waiting for Your Desires to Come True”

July 20, 2010

Occasionally, someone asks me, “What is your favorite Bible verse?”  For many years, I answered that question “Proverbs 3:5-6” (i.e., “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and he will direct your paths”).

However, a few years back, those verses in Proverbs were overtaken by Psalm 37:4, which reads: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  Now, you may well be asking what this verse has to do with “waiting,” as this current series of articles is themed.

The answer to the question comes through explaining the verse.  So, hold on for that clarification.  I promise you will clearly see the connection to waiting.

Obviously, what every reader is interested in related to Psalm 37:4 is the promise “[The Lord] will give you the desires of your heart”—and I’m certainly among the throng in that category1  However, it should be noted that the reader cannot get to the second part of the verse without working your way through the first part: “Delight yourself in the Lord…”

This is where the “waiting” begins.  You see, the order of the wording of Psalm 37:4 requires that the reader first is “delighting” him/herself in the Lord or there is no promise that God will grant personal desires.

Here’s the deal: If you’re truly delighting in the Lord, you’ll allow His way of looking at life to invade your feelings.  And, if you do that, your desires will be transformed from your selfish wishes to His far better desires for you.  The “waiting” part comes in because most of us insist on hanging onto our selfish desires rather than delighting in the Lord.

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