Psalm 37: 4 New King James Version (NKJV) 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Context of This Verse
Psalm 37 was written by the prophet David later in his life. One duty of a prophet was to explain the laws that were given to Moses and God's people. Many people were questioning the outcomes they were witnessing for people who did follow God's laws. God's people were confused as to why some evil people seemed to be receiving blessings while some followers of Christ seemed to be suffering for their faith. David wrote this psalm to explain God's providence. Unlike David's other psalms which are written as devotions, this one is written as a sermon. The lines of this particular psalm contain imperative sentences. David is giving us direct statements to follow in order that we can live a happy Christian life. God created each one of us. He knows what will TRULY make us happy and satisfy us. This psalm is written to help us realize that if we look to God to fulfill us and if we long for MORE GOD instead of more "stuff"- then we WILL be happy! We should not feel jealous of those people who obtain lots of "stuff" and riches by doing evil things. They are not truly satisfied. They will keep needing more and more "stuff".... their happiness is focused outwardly and dependent on their circumstances. We, on the other hand, can have inward true happiness. True happiness is constant and not dependent on any outward circumstance. David is telling us that we can have constant joy and peace if we place our longings inward! We will be satisfied and happy if we depend solely on the source of our true happiness ,OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, to fill us!!! The Lord will provide for us with what we TRULY need to be happy! The more of HIM we accept the FULLER we will become!!!
1.a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.
I think it is important to note that the author of this verse chose to use the word desire over the word want. There is a notable difference between the two words.
Want vs Desire
When we say want, it is a simple desire for something that we do not possess already. A desire, on the other hand, is a more intense craving that a person has for something or someone. So the main difference between the two stem from the degree of longing. Desire being stronger and more intense, continues and grows for a longer period in comparison to a want, which can be considered as less in degree and time duration.
The word desire can be defined as a strong feeling of wanting something or someone. It is similar to a craving, which is more intense in comparison to a want. Unlike in the case of a want, a desire has a stronger degree of longing and the need for fulfillment. Unlike a want that come and passes away quickly, a desire stays a longer period. During this period, the person, who has the desire, attempts to make it a reality. For example, a person who desires to be a pianist would try to work harder and play well in order to achieve it. Also, by saying that the person desire to be a pianist rather than wants to be a pianist, brings out the strong feeling of longing and also that it has been there for a longer period of time.
Connection To Us
Pregnant women crave or desire certain foods when they are expecting. Their bodies naturally feel these cravings to lead them to ingest nutrients that both they and their unborn babies need.
God made our spiritual bodies to do the same! God created us to CRAVE!
I believe ALL of us go through our lives with a feeling of wanting more- desiring more.... we somehow know that there is something (or someone) that we need to truly fulfill us and make us happy. God created us with that feeling! Longing for something more is not a bad thing. It is that realization that we do need something more that draws us to closer to Christ! The problem lies when we try to fill that internal void with earthly things..... instead of feeling satisfied and happy, we begin feeling emptier.
Desires are not bad....... they just need to be focused in the right direction!!
I challenge each one of you today to PRAY for God to help you focus your desires away from earthly things.
Let's be intentional about filling our voids in healthy, HEAVENLY ways.
Trust in the fact today and everyday that ......... God truly can GIVE us the DESIRES of our HEARTS!