God wants to be the greatest passion of every believer's life. If we claim to love the Lord, our relationship with Him should have priority over possessions, vocation, and even other relationships. Yet we often miss the true message of Psalm 37:4 by assuming the verse means we can get what we want. It's not uncommon for someone to tell me about a prayer request and then add, "God promised to give me the desires of my heart." But in context, that scripture reveals the Lord's principle for purifying our desires and issues a call for devotion to Him. To delight in the Lord means to take pleasure in discovering more about Him and following His will. This leads to the Holy Spirit aligning our heart's desires with His, which always puts us in position to experience His blessings.
When we commit our way to God, we allow our thoughts, goals, and lifestyle to be shaped by His will and the things He loves. In other words, we acknowledge His right to determine whether our longing fits His plan. If we rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him, we rely on Him to work out circumstances, even when the desire He's given us seems impossible. When He is our first love, our hearts become focused on making His glory known in our lives.
Taking matters into our own hands doesn't "help Him out." God wants to give us our heart's desires in His time, when we're aligned with His will. As we learn to enjoy Him for who He is, our self-focused wants are replaced by His perfect will and purpose for us.
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