Reflections on Psalm 37:4

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Yesterday, I met with some awesome ladies from Stony Hill Baptist Church. We met to discuss a book we have been reading titled: “What Happens When Women Say, “Yes” to God” by Lysa TerKeurst. The book is about radical obedience and always being willing to say “yes” to God, no matter what he is asking you do to do. However, one of the topics discussed is how do we discern what God is saying to us? How do we know if this is really God asking me to do something, or just a product of my over-active imagination? This discussion made me think of Psalm 37:4

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

I used to have this verse on a big poster in my bedroom as a teenager. At the time, I saw it more along the lines of a prosperity gospel, I do what God wants, he gives me what I want. It took me a long time to realize, that what it’s really saying is that if you “delight yourself” in him, then your desires and his desires will be the same.

There is an old song that the contemporary Christian music group, DC Talk, recorded titled, “My Will.” One of the verses says:

 I’m learning to give up the rights to myself

The bits and the peices I’ve gathered as wealth

Could never compare to the joy that you bring me

The peace that you show me is the strength that I need

The chorus then goes on to say:

It’s my will, and I’m not moving

Cause if it’s your will, then nothing can shake me

It’s my will to bow and praise you

I now have the will to praise my God

 If we are immersing ourselves daily in God’s word and actively pursuing him through prayer, we will come to desire what he desires. And he will give us the desires of our heart.

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