The best way that we can make sense of verses in the Bible is to look at verses that are around it. As we look at verses that are around certain passages in the Bible, we can understand those passages.
What does that even mean? Let me show you. One of the passages of the Bible that can most often misunderstood is a passage from our reading today, Psalm 37: 4, where it says this: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Boom, Ole Miss is winning the national title next year. That would make my heart happy.
See, I’m pretty sure that is not what that passage is talking about. This passage is not saying that God’s only purpose is to make us happy and grant us wishes. So then, what is it saying? Let’s look at the context and read this passage. Listen to Psalm 37: 1-4:
Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Trust in the Lord. Do good. Befriend faithfulness. And even part of that passage, delight yourself in the Lord. And, He will give you the desires of your heart.
God will give you the desires of your heart when (and this is the key) when He has changed your heart. God will give us our hearts desire when His spirit has changes our hearts desire.
This verse is not about us getting what we “want.” This verse is about God changing us. God making us more like Himself. God growing us. And when God has changed our heart, our hearts will long for Him. And when our hearts long for Him, we will only be satisfied with Him.
See that’s the problem sometimes. CS Lewis said that we are far too easily pleased. We settle for less than the absolute best. What is the absolute best? God.
He desires to give us Himself.
And in truth, that should be our hearts desire. Because nothing else will satisfy our hearts. But Him.
Today, He will give us our hearts desire. But first He wants to change our heart. And we that happens, we will see that the only thing that can truly give us life is not the stuff of this world.
Today, may we delight our hearts in God. And in that, may we find all that we seek.
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