Published August 22, 2017

Paul's Epistle
"Your Heart's Desires"

What are the desires of your heart?

On our broadcast that you'll hear this coming weekend, I ask our Featured Artist, Joseph Habedank, how he feels about his two recently-announced Dove Award nominations, one for his CD, "Resurrection," and one for his song, "Here He Comes."

Joseph recounts how, when he was a child, he went to a Dove Awards event, and prayed that perhaps someday he would be able to be a part of one. When he was with the Perrys, that prayer came true. And now, of course, as a soloist he has his own nominations.

Joseph makes it clear that, although he doesn't do what he does for such awards, he is very encouraged by the nominations, and firmly believes God has been faithful in granting him "the desires of my heart."

That expression, of course, comes from Psalm 37:4 – "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart."

That's a familiar verse. But notice that the promise of getting "the desires of your heart" is conditional. We are first to "delight [ourselves] in the Lord."

What does that mean? What does it mean to "delight" in the Lord? The dictionary says it means "to have great pleasure" or to "take pleasure" in something – or, in this case, Someone. Do you take "great pleasure" in the Lord?

The Psalms have a lot to say about taking delight in the Lord.

Psalm 1:1-2 tells us, "Blessed is the man" who delights "in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night..." Do you delight in God's instruction for our lives? Do you regularly think about what God wants – how He wants you to live your life? (See also Psalm 119:1-8.) "Your law is my delight" (Ps. 119:77b). "I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love..." (Ps. 119:47). Do you delight in the fact that God has told us what is right, what is good, what is beneficial for our lives – and, conversely, what isn't? Knowing God's will in this regard really can simplify our life decisions, our life actions.

We certainly have good reason to delight in the Lord. He, after all, is the Author of our salvation (Heb. 12:2). "My soul shall be joyful in the Lord; it shall rejoice in His salvation" (Ps. 35:9).

Job was counseled to "delight in the Almighty" (Job 22:26) and "He will hear you" (v. 27). Delighting in the Lord continually opens the door to a more meaningful daily prayer life. Jesus said of those who delight in Him, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you" (Matt. 7:7).

Some years ago, Melissa Brady wrote a song based on the idea of Psalm 37:4, in the context of answered prayer – prayer, in this case, for a Godly spouse. She wrote,

     I delighted in the Lord and He gave me you
     You were the desire of my heart
     We are living proof His word is true
     I delighted in the Lord and He gave me you.*

Take delight — great, abiding, unsurpassed pleasure — in the Lord, His mercies and Who he is. Know that He loves you with a God-sized love and wants only what is best for you. And if what you want for your life aligns with what He wants for you life, "...He shall give you the desires of your heart."

- Paul

* "I Delighted In The Lord," by Melissa Brady, BMI, from Jim & Melissa Brady's "Our Love Songs" CD.

Your turn:  How has God given you the desires of your heart? Have something to share?

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