Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 ESV)
The first time I heard Psalm 37:4 I somehow only focused on the second half. I followed the world's natural eisegesis that surely God wants me to be happy, so he'll give me whatever personal things my heart desires. (Click "Read More")
After a taking a second look at this verse (and the rest of the psalm for that matter), it's pretty clear that if you delight in God, he will give you that delight.
(v.3 - Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness)
(v.5 - Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act)
(v.7 - Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him)
So, what is important to God should also become important to us, and by natural extension, the church. The heart of God's people should break for the things that break God's heart - those under the stealing, killing and destroying work of this fallen world.
As God’s Spirit reigns in our hearts the kingdom’s motives, values and goals are made visible. Our desires will be to live to see others find life in God’s family, not to live to see ourselves become "healthy and wealthy" while ignoring others.
(Roy King - God Wholehearted)
Brett Yardley: Warrior for Christ. Devoted Husband. Proud Father. Martial Artist. Hopeful Philosopher & Theologian. Aspiring Teacher & Writer.