“That bracelet, please, do get for me, and nothing else I’ll want, you’ll see.”
“That monster truck that’s in the store will make me happy, nothing more.”
“The new Nintendo game that’s out is what I want without a doubt.”
“The latest upgrade I do need. This old computer has no speed.”
Chorus: “I want the most. I want the best. I want it first before the rest.”
You’ve heard this song sung before with verses similar to these. In fact, you probably have sung it yourself at times. Is God against you having these things? Not necessarily. In fact He made a promise: “Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Ps. 37:4)
Notice, however, that He said that He would give you the “desires of your heart.” He didn’t say that He would give you the desires of your head. The desires of your head will focus upon temporal and external things and goals. The desires of you heart will center around eternal and internal qualities. God may use external and material things to fulfill your heart’s desires, but that is only the means and not the end.
What are some “desires of your heart?” What do you really want? Probably high on everybody’s list is peace. We all want internal peace where we have peace with God and with others, peace with our loved ones and with ourselves. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you inner peace.
Who wants to come to the end of his life and feel that he has accomplished nothing? Nobody. We all want have a meaningful life. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will make your life significant.
Without a rudder, a ship will drift aimlessly in the sea. It may move fast or go slowly, depending upon its power, but it will be at the mercy of the winds and the waves. Nobody is fulfilled without a purpose for living. A purpose gives direction to one’s life like a rudder gives direction to a ship. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you fulfillment and purpose.
Everybody needs to belong. We need to know who we are and that we are accepted. God knows that you and I need to be loved. We need to be part of a whole, not just a part. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will make You a part of Himself. He will make you part of His body the Church. You will know that you are loved. You will belong to His family.
Joy is another desire of our hearts. What is stealing your joy? Loneliness? Fear? Doubt? Worry? Anger? Depression? Guilt? Frustration? These things will bleed the life out of a joyful heart. But Jesus prayed that His joy would be in us and that our joy would be full (Jn. 15:11). By delighting yourself in the Lord and He will brighten your day with His joy.
You can sing a new song:
I don’t need all the things I want. They will not make me jubilant.
The real desires my heart contains are qualities my Lord ordains
And freely gives with calm accord when I delight to please my Lord.