Psalm 37:4 - Get to Know God and Discover Your Desires Become His.
Psa. 37:4; Get to Know God and Discover Your Desires Become His.
Psa 37:4 (NIV) Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give
you the desires of your heart.
Psa 37:4 (TEV) Seek your happiness in the LORD, and he will
give you your heart's desire.
Security of Those Who Trust in the LORD, and Insecurity of the
Psalm 37: In Praise of Trust. What are the characteristics and
the benefits of trust in the LORD? This, one of the best-loved of
the psalms, explains. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
THE JOYS OF TRUST (PS. 37)
If you were to pick two psalms to memorize, the first would
probably be the 23rd. But the second surely would be this great psalm in
praise of trust.
No psalm has more comforting verses, more verses inviting
lengthy meditation. No psalm has more verses that speak so directly to
the human heart.
Because of this, it's almost sacrilege to analyze this psalm: to
break its thoughts apart, to look for similarities and themes. And
yet, how much this psalm tells us about the nature, and about the
benefits, of trust.
If we seek to probe the nature of trust, we find in this psalm
that trust is:
Looking to God and doing good (v. 3).
Delighting in the LORD (v. 4).
Committing our way to the LORD (v. 5).
Not fretting when the wicked succeed (v. 7).
Refraining from anger and wrath (v. 8).
Being satisfied with little (v. 16).
Giving generously to others (v. 21).
Turning from evil to do good (v. 27).
Planting God's Law in our hearts (v. 31).
Waiting for the LORD (v. 34).
Keeping His way (v. 34).
Taking refuge in the LORD (v. 40).
Trust is in fact a way of life, the way of life we choose when
we commit ourselves to the LORD.
This same psalm reveals the outcome of trust. One who actively
commits himself to the LORD can expect these benefits:
To enjoy safe pastures (v. 3).
To receive the desires of his heart (v. 4).
To be vindicated (vv. 5-6).
To inherit the land (vv. 9, 22, 34).
To enjoy great peace (v. 11).
To be upheld by God (v. 17).
To gain an enduring inheritance (v. 18).
To enjoy plenty in days of famine (v. 19).
To be upheld by the LORD (v. 24).
To always live securely (v. 27).
To never be forsaken by God (v. 28).
To not slip (v. 31).
To see the wicked cut off (v. 34).
To have a future (v. 37).
To be helped and delivered by the LORD (v. 40).
The beauty of this psalm aside, its teaching is vital to our
well-being. Only by an active trust in God, expressed in the choices made
each day of our lives, can we experience the many benefits of a
personal relationship with the LORD. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
Psalm 21:1 (KJV) The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord;
and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
Neh. 8:10 (KJV) Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the
fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom
nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye
sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Psalm 145:19 (KJV) He will fulfil the desire of them that fear
him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
Isaiah 58:14 (KJV) Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord;
and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and
feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the
Lord hath spoken it.
Proverbs 16:3 (KJV) Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy
thoughts shall be established.
John 15:7 (KJV) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you,
ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:16 (KJV) Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,
and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that
your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father
in my name, he may give it you.
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) And this is the confidence that we have in
him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we
have the petitions that we desired of him.
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
Heart. In Biblical language the center of the human spirit, from
which spring emotions, thought, motivations, courage and action--"the
wellspring of life" (Pr 4:23). [NIV SB re Psa.4:7]
"Delight thyself also in the Lord." Psalm 37:4
The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those
who are strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer it
is only the inculcation of a recognized truth. The life of the
believer is here described as a delight in God, and we are thus certified
of the great fact that true religion overflows with happiness and
joy. Ungodly persons and mere professors never look upon religion as
a joyful thing; to them it is service, duty, or necessity, but
never pleasure or delight. If they attend to religion at all, it is
either that they may gain thereby, or else because they dare not do
otherwise. The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men,
that no two words in their language stand further apart than
"holiness" and "delight." But believers who know Christ, understand that
delight and faith are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot
prevail to separate them. They who love God with all their hearts, find
that his ways are ways of pleasantness, and all his paths are peace.
Such joys, such brimful delights, such overflowing blessednesses, do
the saints discover in their Lord, that so far from serving him from
custom, they would follow him though all the world cast out his name as
evil. We fear not God because of any compulsion; our faith is no
fetter, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness,
nor driven to duty. No, our piety is our pleasure, our hope is our
happiness, our duty is our delight.
Delight and true religion are as allied as root and flower; as
indivisible as truth and certainty; they are, in fact, two precious jewels
glittering side by side in a setting of gold.
"Tis when we taste thy love,
Our joys divinely grow,
Unspeakable like those above,
And heaven begins below." [Morning and Evening by Charles H.
Friendship with God
Genesis 18 brings out the delight of true friendship with God,
as compared with simply feeling His presence occasionally in
prayer. This friendship means being so intimately in touch with God that
you never even need to ask Him to show you His will. It is evidence
of a level of intimacy which confirms that you are nearing the
final stage of your discipline in the life of faith. When you have a
right-standing relationship with God, you have a life of freedom, liberty, and
delight; you are God's will. And all of your commonsense decisions are
actually His will for you, unless you sense a feeling of restraint
brought on by a check in your spirit. You are free to make decisions in
the light of a perfect and delightful friendship with God, knowing
that if your decisions are wrong He will lovingly produce that sense
of restraint. Once he does, you must stop immediately....... Whenever
we stop short of our true desire in prayer and say, "Well, I don't
know, maybe this is not God's will," then we still have another level
to go. It shows that we are not as intimately acquainted with God
as Jesus was, and as Jesus would have us to be--"that they may be
one just as We are one" (John 17:22). Think of the last thing you
prayed about--were you devoted to your desire or to God? Was your
determination to get some gift of the Spirit for yourself or to get to God?
"For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask
Him" (Matthew 6:8). The reason for asking is so you may get to know
God better. "Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give
you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:4). We should keep praying
to get a perfect understanding of God Himself. [My Utmost for His
Highest by Oswald Chambers re Gen.18:17]
David calls us to take delight in the Lord and to commit
everything we have and do (our "way") to him. But how do we do this? To
delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in his or
her presence. This happens only when we know that person well. Thus,
to delight in the Lord, we must know him better. Knowledge of God's
great love for us will indeed give us delight.
To commit ourselves to the Lord means entrusting everything--our
lives, families, jobs, possessions--to his control and guidance. To
commit ourselves to the Lord means to trust in him (Psalm 37:5),
believing that he can care for us better than we can ourselves. We should
be willing to wait patiently (Psalm 37:7) for him to work out what
is best for us. [Life Application SB]
When the righteous have desires that spring from the Lord, the
Lord will surely fulfill those desires. [Nelson SB]
Worrying is choosing not to trust God. Anger and worry
(fretting) are two very destructive emotions. They reveal a lack of faith
that God loves us and is in control. We should not worry; instead, we
should trust in God, giving ourself to him for his use and safekeeping.
When you dwell on your problems, you will become anxious and angry.
But if you concentrate on God and his goodness, you will find peace.
Where do you focus your attention? [Life Application SB re vs 8]
When self is on the throne of your heart you worry; but with
Christ there you worship. [Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren