What’s your desire?
Is there something you desperately desire?
- To be healed of something?
- To have an other half?
- To get accepted to a certain profession/future?
- To be married with a family of your own?
- To land the perfect job?
- To do something BIG for The Lord?
So, if there is something we desperately desire that we don’t have, then how do we make sense of Psalm 37:4? Does God put all non-sinful desires in our hearts? Is God supposed to give them to us? Why does it seem that God is “holding out” on something we desperately desire that is not sinful or bad for us? We need to meditate on the fact that God Knows our days everything has been Written! king Hezekiah was on his deathbed and the prophet Isaiah went to tell him to “put his house in order…” this servant of God wept and prayed to God this changed his story! The power of prayer!
The first part of Psalm 37:4 states, “Delight yourself in the Lord…”. What does that really mean?
According to the dictionary, “delight” used this way means to please (someone) greatly. So, in this case it is to greatly please God. God is pleased when we follow his commands and seek to be more like him.
Over time in my adult life since my accident, I have realized that the more I sought to follow God’s commands and to be more like Him, the true desire of my heart has become, “Whatever you want from me Lord, I’ll give, and whatever you have for me Lord, I’ll accept with joy.” I am finally at point now where my heart’s desire is whatever it is that God has planned for me.
Truly delighting in The Lord causes our desires to become “whatever You have for me, Lord.” I believe once we get to that place, God will give us the desires He put in our hearts. It may not fit into our preconceived plan or how we think things should work out, but it will fulfill us in ways we never considered. The Author of our lives has Written the script!
Did You Know Your Life Story Has Been Written by God?
In Psalm 139:13-16, David the psalmist sang eloquently about the Loving Writer of our script:
For You Created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from You
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the Earth.
Your Eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in Your book
before one of them came to be.
Did you catch those last two lines? All the days ordained for you were written in His book (I like to call it His “script” for our lives) before one of them came to be. God has seen all our days in front of Him before we’ve lived out any of them. That means nothing takes Him by surprise. Nothing is unexpected to Him, and nothing affects you and me that is outside of His Loving plan for us. The writer, designer, and director of our life’s script knows exactly what He is doing—even when we think something is spiraling out of control.
In Ephesians 2:10, we read: “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” There it is again. God prepared good works in advance—before we were ever born and placed into our life’s script.
In a more modern translation, that verse, in the context of the three verses preceding it, reads like this:
Now God has us where He wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all His idea, and all His work. All we do is trust God enough to let Him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He Creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the Work He does, the awesome work God has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing (Ephesians 2:7-10 msg).
When I read words like that, I am in awe that God has a master plan for us. He has given us the privilege of living in close communion with Him to discover the many amazing facets of His Character, and He has made us the conduit through which He can accomplish His purposes here on Earth.
And we pray:
Heavenly Father, my Creator. You wrote my life story before I was born! I am here on Earth for a reason. Your Reason! LORD, I ask that You place it in my heart and lead me along Your paths for me. I need and want to respond to You alone. In my life Your will be done, I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.