Whose Heart Desires - The Meaning of Psalm 37:4

Psalm 37:4, Delight yourself in the Lord
Psalm 37:4 is about God's heart desires...
I saw "Ps.37:4" on a Jaguar license plate.

"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

It’s nice that the Jaguar owner acknowledged all things in life are blessings from God, but owning a sports car isn't the point of this verse. Instead, it's about changed desires...

Two decades ago when my husband was in the Army, we received orders for an undesirable assignment in an undesirable location. We were disappointed, but as we talked and prayed about it, we began to see God’s hand in it. And we actually got excited! God had replaced our heart desires with His heart desires.

And that’s the promise in this verse—first we delight ourselves in the Lord, in His plans, His thoughts, and His purposes. Then we receive the desires of our heart...because our desires have become His desires.
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011

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  1. This is so true, God gives us His desires in our heart, I have had that happen many times in my life.

  2. Replies
    1. We've both been in this situation, haven't we, Carol? : )

    2. Very true. And once He changes our desires, we discover that the new desires that He implanted in us are so much better than what we once desired!

  3. Thank you for this. I remember discussing this in church and am happy for the reminder!!


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