I was speaking with a woman a few days ago who made such a profound statement of truth: “What I want may not be what He (God) wants – After God gave me what I wanted, allowed me to have my heart’s desire and it blew up in my face, I finally said, okay Lord now I will wait on what you want for me. I can’t get mad at God for my desires not working out.”
There’s a scripture that states “If you delight in the Lord He will give you the desires of your heart!” Sometimes we have a tendency to get that scripture a bit twisted. That scripture was never meant to represent the thought that whatever your heart’s desire was God would give it to you unconditionally. All the promises of God are yea and amen through Christ Jesus that is correct you must clearly understand those promises but there’s a little bit more to the yea and amen.
You must truly do two things when standing on the promises of God:
1. You must read the promise in its context. Don’t take the promise out of the entire meaning of the instruction or the connection that led up to the promise.
2. All of God’s promises are conditional. There is something you must do in order to receive the promise.
Let’s delve into the promise of getting the desires of your heart. The title given in my bible states that this psalm is one that deals with the heritage of the righteous and the calamity of the wicked. There was persecution taking place and the psalmist was looking for, needing encouragement that God was going to intercede on their behalf and end this persecution. So this psalm was not a willy nilly promise of getting things or people, this is a psalm of rescue. Prior to the promise of being given the desires of your heart you are told to do the following: trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness. I won’t make this learning article too weighty I will simply state the facts: you must clearly understand what it means to trust God before you can begin to expect and proceed with the principle of receiving the desires of your heart.
Here are some trust scriptural principles:
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. (If you do the above the promise is God will direct your path)
- Commit your way to Him and trust Him, and He shall bring it (your desires) to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. (Proverbs 14:12 states, “there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.) We can’t do what we think is right we mst do what we know is right according to scripture.
The biggest principle of trusting God is getting to know Him intimately. You can only truly understand what it means to trust Him by clearly understanding the things of God and the promises associated with trusting Him. It is when you truly trust Him that you will become the delight that the bible speaks of. You see when you truly understand and embrace the God of the scriptures then your desires are completely in line with God’s desires for you. You see when you truly know Him then you stand on the scripture that says “for I know the plans that I have for you”. If you embrace that principle then your desire is for God’s plans to be fulfilled in your life, blindly and expectantly trusting that every good and perfect gift comes from above. Believing that no good thing will God withhold from those who love Him.
Here’s my testimony that should paint the picture plainly. My mother says, “I don’t think you will ever marry again.” My response: “I will marry if that’s the will of God.” What I am saying is – I am not adverse to marriage on the contrary I embrace it wholeheartedly. My focus is not on getting married my focus is on living my life to the glory of God. If during the process of me walking in the path that He has set before me a husband is presented I will receive it with great joy. I don’t sit around worrying, wondering, crying, and feeling as though I’ve been forgotten because I don’t have a husband, or feel less than because I don’t have a man in my life, or feeling somehow incomplete. I trust God to meet all of my needs and set in order everything that He has for me. My job is to be obedient, to study His word, hide His word in my heart that I might not sin against Him, to be His bondservant, His handmaiden, during my singleness concerning myself with the things above - what will please God, and if that day comes that a husband finds me (he who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord) then he finds what God promised him, a good thing!
As long as we keep our eyes on the prize and the praise of God everything that is meant for us will come our way. Always remember whatever God has for you it’s for you. In Roman’s Paul reminds us that because of what Christ did for us on the cross we should no longer live for ourselves but for Him. If we truly live our lives to the glory of God we will not suffer lack or miss out on anything that God has set aside for us on His terms and His perfect time. When we can embrace that then we will truly become a delight to God and He will give us the desires of our heart.