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Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Psalm 37:4 (CSB)
At first glance, Psalm 37:4 seems like a credit card, right? I delight in the Lord, and he gives me my heart’s desire. Quid pro quo, something that is given or taken in return for something else. But, that is not exactly what God had in mind.
According to The Wiersbe Commentary, “the word translated delight comes from a root that means to be brought up in luxury, to be pampered.” Delighting in the Lord speaks of the abundance of blessings we have in the Lord Himself apart from what He gives us.
To enjoy the blessings and ignore the Blesser is idolatry. It is a sin.
The give and take, the quid pro quo is not about us, it is about God.
How do I live out of the abundance of delighting in the Lord? First, I must do a heart check.
The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable-who can understand it?
Jeremiah 17:9 CSB
Scripture tells me my heart is deceitful. I know when I am seeking God from a selfish center, it has nothing to do with Him and everything to do with my wants. A pure heart is an ongoing battle, as we are sinful and fallible people. We are incredibly self-centered and independent, expecting the God of all creation to bless our list.
Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of all life.
We can start here by guarding our hearts.
Guarding our hearts is a priority.
We ask God to align our hearts with His.
Letting go of our agendas and aligning our lives with Scripture.
Letting go is a daily process, going to the Cross and laying our weaknesses and sin at our good, good Father’s throne of grace. We are broken and needy, a work in process, ever-changing and transforming by The Refiner’s hand. The blessings we will receive will be abundantly more than anything we could ever dream of or ask.
Heavenly Father, you delight in us, and you long for us to delight in You. I confess, on my own, I will chase the things of the world and my agenda, expecting You to shower me with Your blessings. Above all else, make You, Lord, my heart’s desire, the love my life.