Every human alive has a desire of their heart. They aspire to be, they hope to become, they strive to do; something that is in their heart. An intense desire burns in every human heart to be something that they are not now at present. Some few have already found their desires fulfilled. I have found this desire in myself. But how does a person receive the desires of their heart? God clearly says that there is a way to have the desires of our hearts and it is found in the Bible. Perhaps it is stated no more clearly than in Psalm 37 (NIV).
Listen to the words used in reference to attaining the desires of our hearts, which are all found in Psalm 37. In God we are; to trust, to wait, to rest, to delight, to commit, to know, and to have patience. In these we receive; our delights, His peace, His safety, His stability, His provisions, His guidance, His protection, His deliverance, firm footing, a secure future, your refuge, no worry, no poverty, and He will give you the desires of your heart. The key to receiving the desires of your heart is in Psalm 37 and at the end of this article.
Psalm 37 is a Psalm of David.
1 Do not worry because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
7 Rest before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
23 If the LORD delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm;
24 though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
28 For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;
31 The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip.
34 Wait for the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace.
39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
How do you delight in the Lord so that you may receive the desires of your heart (v. 4)? What is delight? Here is the definition and when you read it, just imagine that God is the focus and subject of your delight in. Delight: A great satisfaction and joy; something (or someone) that gives great pleasure; to satisfy greatly; to please. That’s the key to finding the desires of your heart. Take great pleasure in God’s goodness. Take joy in your salvation. Let Him satisfy your every need. Let Him please you in all that you do. Desires take time. This is where the words of Psalm 37 are clear; wait, rest, trust, and know. If you delight in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart. It is not a quid pro quo God, but a God Who Himself delights in giving us our desires; the desires of our hearts. Just delight in Him.