Psalm 37:4-6 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday.”
What are the desires of your heart? Take some time to think about them, and then write them down.
Done? OK. Now, let me talk with you about this Scripture. Do you know what it means to “delight” in the Lord? Is it just being happy with Him, and dancing around? Can He be Someone you have a crush on? Is that what it means?
The original Hebrew word for “delight” is anog, and it means “to be soft or pliable.” So to delight yourself in the Lord is to make yourself soft and pliable for Him. Then He will give you the desires of your heart. You say, What? I can’t stay hard and stubborn? Nope. No soft and pliable, no desires given.
Why? If you’re hard and stubborn, you’re not submitted to God. If you’re not submitted to God, He will simply let you continue on in your hardness and stubbornness. He will not force you into the image of His Son. But if you insist on remaining hard and stubborn, watch out. He might not recognize you when you meet Him.
But if you delight in Him, He will mold and shape you into the image of Jesus Christ. That is God’s purpose for your life. You are designed to be a God container. Jesus is to shine from you, and that means there’s work to be done in your heart.
That’s where the molding and shaping comes in. It’s fun, once you allow Him to do a little heart surgery, removing your sin nature (your natural tendency to rebel against God) and replacing it with Christ’s nature. As you watch Christ being formed in you, a revelation occurs –– His character beats yours by a country mile.
Let’s not forget the rest of these verses, though. You have a bit more to do to before the Lord can give you the desires of your heart.
There’s this “commit your way to the Lord” stuff. That means you make the decision to follow God’s commands (i.e., the Ten Commandments). You repent from your sinful ways, turning away from them and turning away from the world. This is another act of submission to God, and it is essential in order for you to be saved. No repentance, no salvation.
The Ten Commandments are harder than they first appear. Look at Matthew 5, 6 and 7, commonly called the Sermon on the Mount, to see the Son of God’s interpretation of His Father’s Commands.
Christ summed up the Ten in two commands: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. Do the former, and you’ll automatically do the first four of the Ten. Do the latter, and you will automatically do the last six. The key is love –– not human love, but God’s love poured out in your heart by the Holy Spirit. Then you can love God with all that’s in you, and love even your orneriest neighbor.
Finally, there’s trusting in Him. That means you go to Him as your refuge, and you are confident in Him. Recall Psalm 91. To “dwell in the shelter of the Most High,” we must be settled down with Him, as in marriage. That’s what “dwell” means in Hebrew. That’s definitely an issue of submission. He requires you to be intimate with Him, spiritually.
Oh, the plans He has for you, if you will submit to Him! He’ll bring forth your righteousness, so it shines forth like light. You will be the light of the world, just as Jesus described His twelve disciples. And your judgment (His verdict that You are His) will shine from you like the noonday.
Do you feel like you’re not shining now? Do what the Word says, and be blessed of God. He’ll give you the desires of your heart. Oh, by the way, I almost forgot something. When you make yourself soft and pliable in His hands, you’ll find your desires and His desires match. Glory!