The Desires Of Your Heart

Sunday September 26, 2021

Dr. Richard L. Hamm

Psalm 37:4 is a familiar verse written by King David. It is one of those verses that excite the reader because it helps one see their way forward with hope. Receiving the desires of your heart is such a powerful promise that it will motivate anyone to keep pushing forward because there is good news ahead and wonderful things will soon happen. At a first reading, it may appear to be a promise that when you do one thing, you receive something else in return:  Quid Pro Quo. You can understand why this verse is often taken out of context and people almost see God as a genie; that, “If you delight in Him, He will grant you whatever your heart desires.” Is this what this verse is implying? What exactly does King David mean in this Psalm? Let’s examine first what it means to “delight yourself in the Lord” before racing to a conclusion about God giving you the “desires of your heart.” I know it is more thrilling to get the cart ahead of the horse but you cannot complete your journey when you have the sequence out of order. Completing the journey properly is of divine essence. Therefore, you must correctly understand this verse so that you can properly apply the truth of Sacred Scriptures to your life and receive the promise that God has given you.