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Desires Of Our Hearts
Anonymous - Sept. 3, 2016
Devotional

Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart."

This is one of my favorite Scriptures. I’m sure one that is very familiar to many others as well. At one point in my life I took this Scripture completely out of context. Thankfully, the Lord opened my eyes to understand exactly what this scripture is talking about. My oldest son knows that as a family, we pray about EVERYTHING! Sometimes he gets frustrated because as I child, he doesn’t want to take the time to pray, but he also knows that he can talk to the Lord about anything at any time. Sometimes he prays for things like making a goal at soccer or making team A on the football team. These are his wants, his desires and I love that he prays for these things. As adults, we also pray for certain things that we may want, but just because we want or desire something does not mean that we are going to get it. That is not what this verse is saying.

So what does it mean to delight myself in the Lord? It means to experience abundant joy in His presence! You can only experience such joy with someone when you know them intimately and personally! So how can we get to know our Lord? We can pray to Him. We can listen for His still, small voice. We can diligently be studying His Word, getting to know Him on a deeper, more intimate level! When we are doing these things, His desires start becoming our desires and that is what this verse is conveying! His will for our lives starts becoming our desire. Then, when we are praying we can confidently know that we are seeking His will and not our own.

1 John 5:14-15, "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that id we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know" that He hears us, whatever we ask we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

This verse is just another reminder that when we are communicating with God we should not be demanding what we want but rather talking with Him about what He wants for us. If we are aligning our prayers to His will, He will listen. We can be confident in knowing that if He is listening He will give us an answer!