Some religious thinking call for the suppression of desires. Some others say that desires are the root cause of much suffering. The Bible on the other hand says, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).” What a positive statement of truth that is!
Our God is big. That is the first thought here. He is able to meet all that you desire. There are no limits or limitations to the resources of God. He can fulfill your desires through supernatural or miraculous means. But often always he meets your heart’s desires through unexpected human channels.
Delight yourself in the LORD. That is the key to get your desires fulfilled. When you take delight in someone, you desire to spend as much time in his or her company. And the more time you spend with that person the more you start to see things from his or her perspective.
And when delight grows, you even leave decisions of great importance and consequences to him or her trusting that he or she will choose the best for you. How much more you can trust the LORD even as you delight in him (see 37:5, 6)!
The willingness of God to give (see John 3:16) is the next thought. You need not force him. He is not a reluctant selfish miser who will not give away good things (Matthew 7:11). Remember, the reason you delight in God is that you are his child. If an earthly king will meet the desires of his little prince or princess with royal liberality how much more God—the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Finally, the Bible says, the heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:5). We find it difficult to understand our own motives in asking (James 4:3). But God searches hearts and minds and understands every motive behind our thoughts (1 Chron. 28:9) Allow God to search your heart often (Psalm 139:23, 24).
Let all desires that are base, sinful, selfish, silly, and jealous be exposed and thrown out (see 2 Tim. 2:20–22). It is only then you can truly delight yourself in God. Then you will not be pursuing your desires but instead you will passionately and single-eyed be following God.
It is then that this promise of Psalm 37:4 becomes true in your life. If God has promised it in his Word he will fulfill it as well. So let me remind you again, “Delight yourself in the LORD!”
A child is delighted in his or her mom or dad. We, as grownups, can have the same peace and happiness if we remain the children of the LORD too.