“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NIV)


So, if I take pleasure in the Lord, He will give me whatever I want, right? Wow! That really sounds easy. Whatever my heart desires, right? So why do I drive a 2003 “tin can on wheels” and not a brand new 2014 Mercedes E Class sports car? Isn’t that what I really want? Maybe I’d rather have a 5,000 square foot home on a crystal clear lake facing west so I could enjoy the beautiful sunset every single night.

Just imagine all the “things” your heart desires. Is that what David (the Psalmist) wants us to think about? Not at all. Take a few minutes to read the entire Psalm (Psalm 37). It speaks nothing about getting the things we want. It is all about instruction. It teaches us not to worry about other people who may have acquired things through evil intentions. It teaches us not to be envious for the things others may have. It teaches us to trust the Lord, to commit ourselves to Him, to patiently wait for Him, and to turn from evil so that we may do good.

We are instructed not only to depend on God, but to also find comfort in Him. We should be pleased that there is a God, that He has revealed Himself to us, and that He alone is our salvation. We are taught to be pleased in His beauty, bounty, and compassion; our souls must return to Him and find rest in Him. We are instructed to be totally satisfied with His loving-kindness and to make that our exceeding joy.

In other words, when we take delight in the Lord, the desire of our heart is no longer in “things”, but it has transformed into a desire to be filled with the Spirit of God – to be filled with the love of our Savior. The things in our lives simply become “things”. They no longer control the way we live.

Filled with the Spirit

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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8 Comments on “THINGS ARE JUST “THINGS!””

  1. “… it has transformed into a desire to be filled with the Spirit of God – to be filled with the love of our Savior.”

    When our desires become that…He can’t wait to fill them. Great post, Dave. In His Service, Jeff


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  3. Cheryl Says:

    A good word. I love Psalm 37!


  4. Rene Yoshi Says:

    Yes! Context, context, context. [chuckle] What a wonderful explanation of an oft misunderstood verse. 🙂


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