Desire

1 billion dollars!  How many zeroes is that? That’s exactly how much money I can win if I pick a perfect March Madness bracket.  In fact, I’m not even looking at the game scores. I want to daydream a bit longer.  I sometimes play this game when I can’t get to sleep at night…what would I do with a big lottery win or a prize like this one?  I dream of all those I could help and the institutions that would be so grateful.  I dream of a life of ease.  My dream has led me to some deeper thoughts, however.

Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart

For some reason or other, Psalm 37:4 is often on my mind.  It is a great verse and one that most of us probably cherish.  The psalmist wrote, “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Well I certainly delight in the Lord.  My part is done.  So now all I have to do is wait on God to do his.  Right?  After all, God promised!  

So sometimes I play this game when I can’t get to sleep at night…knowing what a curse it would be to win big money in a lottery, I focus instead on the desires of my heart.  I make a list of all those desires and I present them to God.  Odds of winning are better than the lottery or a perfect bracket anyway.  For years my desires centered on my success, my comfort, my family, and my experiences.  Pretty much every desire somehow bettered my life.  Granted, some of the desires were pure and kingdom oriented, but at the end of the day, they bettered my life.

I approach God differently today.  I still have desires.  I will always have desires.  The difference is that I look to God to reveal his desires first.  What would God desire the desires of my heart to be?  As I search his word and listen to his Spirit, those desires become more clear.  My effort then is to match my desires to his.

This is a good approach to Psalm 37:4.  It is far better than the approach of my youth.  It’s better because nothing could be better than to receive what God desires for me.

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