Lord, Please give me the desires of my heart … If it be your will. But God, if my desires are NOT IN YOUR WILL … remove them from my Heart. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Have you ever read Psalm 37:4? It simply says: Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. What a great peace of scripture it is. We as believers read this Psalm, which can be a book of comfort in high emotional time, with great joy. It reminds us that if we just take delight in the Lord, that He will give us whatever we ask for. Not quite…
Did you take the time to read the next verse? “Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him, and He will do this. Psalm 37:5. Hmmm, So wait. You mean to tell me it’s not simply about being delightful? I have to commit my works to God, then Trust Him, and only then will He do what He said in verse 4? Interesting.
Let’s take a look:
In the prayer above, We ask God to remove those desires from our Heart that are not in His will. I must admit this is a very difficult request of God. If you think about the things that you like to do in your own life, especially those things that are not of God… i.e. “Your Favorite Sin” asking Him to remove the desire to indulge in them is a bit difficult. If the truth be told, many of us have told ourselves that we won’t give up that favorite sin until later in life, because why? “Lord knows our hearts.” (But that’s another writing). Isn’t this quite hypocritical. We want God to give us the desires of our heart, not realizing those desires are not of God. Why would God give you a desire not prefaced by his divine guidance… that blessing is too little for our God.
He gives clear instructions on how to get whatever we want from Him. I’ve listed them out below:
Delight, defined as a high degree of gratification, Joy, or extreme satisfacation. The first of the instructions of God on how to get whatever we want. We have to put ourselves in such a place with God that we are extremely satisfied in Who He Is, What’s He’s Done, and what He’s preparing to Do. Some of us refuse to get in this kind of relationship with God… we want all the other things of this World not realizing that all those things must be let go and total focus must be on Him. Some of us never get past this first step, because we’ve occupied our times with WORRYING about any and every little thing of our lives. Trying to do it on our own, instead of being obedient and simply… taking delight.
Commit, make a promise or to carry into action deliberately, all your works. What does that mean? Well it means that in EVERYTHING you do, do it for God. Realize that the desires of your heart, if they are in God’s will, will require you to do some words and reap some great inheritances. Never get too caught up in the gift, that you forget the giver. If you are an engineer, be that. Engineer great creations with the belief that God has endowed you with the opportunities to be where you are now, to perform great works in the shared delight you all have. In everything you do Thank God, and in every plan you execute consult God first. Commitment in it’s finest form.
Trust, assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, and truth of something or someone. The definition of Trust alone when thinking in the realm of whom God is, is a blessing all in itself. Trust in God. Trust Him to order your steps, to order your stops. Trust Him when things are going good, Trust him when things are going bad. Trust Him even when He doesn’t seem to be around. Trust & Faith are going hand in hand here. When you are in a delightful relationship with God, committing your works…. you have no choice but to trust God. A walk with God is like a a dark tunnel. You can only see where you came from, and where you’re going… but it’s the journey in the tunnel that you never know what you may encounter. But the greatest thing about Trust in God is no matter what happens in that tunnel… You will get to the other side.
So how do you get whatever you want from God? Simple. Delight. Commit. and Trust. He gave us these instructions and all we have to do is follow them. Be obedient. I promise you it works. Stop asking for God to give you the lottery, a boyfriend, girlfriend, etc. Trust me, if it was for you at this time you wouldn’t be able to STOP God from giving it to you. He’s trying to see if He can trust you with the little that He’s given you to give you even more…
Apply this formula and watch what the outcome will be. God is just waiting to show you How great He is IN you. Don’t stop Him. Delight. Commit and Trust. NO other way around it. Be Encouraged. and Be Great.
With Passion, Purpose, & Pride,
– Trent J ACEO