I have loved this verse since the first time I came across it in college. God will give you the desires of your heart. What an amazing gift! As you start thinking about that verse it begins to grow weightier because you must ask, “what are the desires of my heart? Are they things that are good for me in the long term? Are they things that fit God’s design? Or are they really nothing more than the desires of the flesh or the desires of the eyes? Is this just some bargaining with God, something like, “okay God, I’ll worship you if you give me the things I want most?”
The only way this verse makes sense is if the desires of your heart themselves are given to you by God. In other words, it is what true trust looks like. “God, I trust you so completely that my delight is in you.” You find that you are not disappointed. God gives you godly desires and then he he satisfies those desires.
The three verbs for us are these: trust, delight, and commit. May God grant you to do these things.
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
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 act. (Psalm 37:3-5)
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Num 3, Ps 37, SS 1, Heb 1
Thanks for your reflections on the Scriptures.