Psalm 37:4 - In A Relationship With God; His Desires Become Yours.
Psalm 37:4 - In A Relationship With God; His Desires Become
Psalm 37:4 (NIV) Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give
you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (TEV) Seek your happiness in the LORD, and he will
give you your heart's desire.
The word "delight" speaks of "exquisite" joy. [New Bible
When believers delight in the Lord, his desires become their
desires. [New Bible Companion]
Your relationship with God ought to bring you more joy,
satisfaction, and pleasure than any other relationship, activity, or material
possession you have. Scripture exhorts you to delight yourself in the Lord,
finding your greatest pleasure in God and the things dear to His heart.
How can you find pleasure in what God enjoys? Only as you
spend time with Him will you begin to take delight in the things God
loves. As you spend intimate time with God and allow Him to show you
your situation from His perspective, you will begin to see things as
God sees them. As you adjust yourself to God, your heart will begin
to desire the same things God's heart desires. When you pray, you
will find yourself asking for the very things God desires. Matters
foremost on God's heart will be preeminent in yours. Your first request
in prayer will not be for yourself, but for God's name to be
exalted and His kingdom to be extended (Mt 6:9-10).
Have you been asking God to give you the desires of your heart
without first seeking to understand what is on His heart? God places
this important requirement for those who pray: that we seek His
priorities and make them our own. This great qualifier prevents us from
asking out of selfishness. As we find joy in the Lord, we will see what
is truly important, and we will long for these things as the Father
does. [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re
One who has a love relationship with God will expect all his
happiness to come from God and will seek this happiness in his
relationship with God. (Adam Clarke Commentary)
The godly man never indulges a desire which he cannot form into
a prayer to God. (Adam Clarke Commentary)