3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;Psalm 37:3-5 (NKJV)
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
In times of turmoil, our faith can be stretched to the limit. How hard it can be in those times to do good, let alone find delight in our circumstances.
Now, the definition of the word delight is a high degree of gratification or pleasure : joy : extreme satisfaction. How and why should we be highly gratified or extremely satisfied, let alone find pleasure and joy, when everything seems to be going wrong?
The Psalmist was inspired to give us the incentive that if we manage to trust in God’s goodness and delight ourselves in whatever circumstances the Lord chooses to allow, committing ourselves to doing His will, then He shall give us the desires of our hearts. Sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it?
I heard a message recently that suggested the promise, “He shall give you the desires of your heart,” actually means more than we usually think. Rather than promising to give us whatever we think we want like an overindulgent parent, this is God’s assurance that, if we trust Him and commit to finding our joy in Him, He will place within our hearts the desires we should have. He will give us the desires, not the objects of our desires.
How much more gratifying and satisfying could life be when we truly desire only those things which God wants us to have? The catch is, for that to happen, we must completely trust Him. To trust Him, we must know Him. To know Him, we must spend time in His Word. Only then will we find out just how delightful God, and our life with Him, can be.