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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!!!
Original Word: καρδία, ας, ἡ
kardía – heart; our "desire-decisions" that establish who we really are.
Heart (kardía) is mentioned over 800 times in Scripture, but never referring to the literal physical pump that drives the blood. That is, "heart" is only used figuratively (both in the OT and NT.]
the central or innermost part of something.
Connection to Us
There is a huge difference between surface wants and deep desires. This week's verse is referring to our innermost longings. ANYTHING OR ANYONE who brings us in CLOSER relationship with our Heavenly Father is a part of our INNERMOST LONGINGS. Our heart (kardia) was created for a connection with God! Think of your heart as a magnet- it is drawn to anything metal. Magnets can be great when they are attached to the correct object, for example when they are used to post your child's artwork on your refrigerator. But, the strong pull of magnets can also be hurtful, even deadly! Take for example an MRI machine. There are warning signs posted all around the areas of these machines because they have such a strong magnetic pull. If a person enters one of these machines wearing something metal, it could be catastrophic for them and the machine! Our hearts are just like these MRI machines! Each one of us is created to have a strong pull just like the magnets of the MRI machine! We must be careful to attach to the right metal! Things or people who will ultimately lead us closer to Christ is what our hearts truly desire! Anything or anyone who leads us away from the Lord should be seen as a potential "deadly" pulling force to our hearts! We need to be able to know the difference between good pulls and bad pulls so that we can avoid painful heart catastrophes!