I read Psalm 37:4 yesterday, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart”, and I found myself frustrated.
When I read commentary on this verse, I always find people reminding me that I need to be delighting in the Lord, seeking His will, spending time with Him daily, and then the desires of my heart will be given to me. Those reminders frustrate me, not because they aren’t important, but because I do them. I do not say that out of arrogance, but out of humility, because I know I need Him every second of every day so I choose to seek after Him. Yet, there are desires of mine that have not been fulfilled, good healthy desires.
In particular, I have desired a Godly spouse, someone to partner with in Christ, someone to laugh with and run the race of life with. God has not brought that person into my life and recently, I have faced some heartaches and pangs over singleness. So, when I read that verse yesterday, I felt angry and asked God, what does that even mean? Because it clearly doesn’t mean, if I seek after You, You will give me the desires of my heart.
So, I sought out someone to speak into this verse in a new way for me and came across a post on livingbyfaithblog.com, written by Steve Fuller. His explanation and understanding of this verse, has given me a renewal of strength and joy in the Lord. I pray that in sharing this with you, it will do the same, no matter what season you are in. I will only share a few sentences that stuck out to me, but will post the link at the bottom of my blog, so you can read it yourself.
“When we delight in the LORD, the desires that we have in our hearts are desires for the Lord. If we delight in the Lord, He will satisfy our desires for Him, by giving us more joy in Him. God promises that if we delight ourselves in Him, His glory and beauty and love and majesty will so fill us that we will desire nothing else. Our hearts will be completely full. We will be perfectly content. He will have satisfied every desire of our hearts- in himself.”
God promises us so much: He will gives us strength, He will never leave us, He will help us, He will anoint us to proclaim the good news, He will go before us, He prospers us, gives us a future and hope, He will meet all our needs according to the riches of His glory, He will deliver us from our troubles, and more! Yet, He doesn’t promise us that He will give us everything we wish for or want. He doesn’t promise us that, because instead, He promises us Himself, that we will be fulfilled in Him. I know that is hard to swallow because there are some good things we truly want, we desire deeply, but if we continue to delight in Him, He will fill us up and satisfy every desire!