Week Forty Three
Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.
Quote from Pray While You’re Prey:
“I know the type of [mate] that I desire, and I want to be with the type of [mate] that God desires for me.”
I, like many, have often searched for the key to getting everything I want. I mean, who doesn’t like getting his or her way? I will even admit, because I know I have been forgiven for it, that there was a point in which I thought I could manipulate God. I would say things like, “God, I promise to…If You will…,” (you didn’t really think I was going to fill in the blanks, did you?). Then, I read this Scripture, Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” It sounded super simple.
So, I just had to show God that I loved Him, right? I went to church, Sunday school, and Bible Study. I paid my tithes and offering. I sang with the praise team. I even read the Bible and prayed on my own. And, I am a deacon’s daughter, so that had to count for something. And, I truly felt that because I did all of that, God should give me what I wanted…A MAN!!!
I would pray this Scripture back to Him like I was told you are supposed to, “Lord, You said if I delight in You, You would give me the desires of my heart, so I want a man, who is saved and taller than me, who will pursue me and treat me right, someone sane, stable and supportive, and Lord, you know I am a visual person, so he has to be someone I am attracted to. Remember, what You promised. I am delighting in You.” Yes, I was that brazen, or young and stupid either way, I was totally misinterpreting this verse and I had taken it out of context.
I never really read the second part of the verse about commitment and trust. Not only that, but I did not realize that when you are serving someone only for what you can get out of the deal, that is not true devotion. I have learned through many of my relationships with men, friends and family, how I was treating God. I have had many people in my life offer me praise, help, and so-called commitment, just so that they could get what they wanted from me. It is an awful feeling and I hate that I ever thought that my relationship with God should be like that. But, praise God for spiritual growth!!!
Now, I know that these verses mean when you have sheer delight in God alone, you commit to Him alone, and you trust in Him alone, He will change your heart and your desires to conform to His Will for your life. He will set you on a path of dreams that you never even imagined. All of the things and people you wanted before may be included, but they will not be the ultimate prize. The ultimate prize will be an intimate relationship with the only One who can totally and completely satiate your every desire, which is the one, true, living, loving God Almighty. Find sheer delight and Him and see your desires fulfilled.
Thank You, God for allowing me to have
a close, personal relationship with You.
Please forgive me for anytime I have done something
to please You in an effort to get my way.
Lord, please help me to wholly commit to Your Will
for my life and trust in You, so that the dreams
You placed me will come to pass.
In Jesus’ Name,
*Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©1984, unless otherwise indicated.