“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” -Psalm 37:4
I want to unwrap this treasure, this bit of scripture that is all about delight and desire. Does God love us or what? I imagine a Father with a twinkle in his eye, enjoying the gift He is about to give His child, anxiously awaiting just a glimpse of our delight.
It isn’t a childish psalm at all however, it isn’t a simple matter of getting exactly what you asked for. There are layers of truth to be found there. It is actually quite boring, sad, to receive exactly the gifts you ordered, with no surprise or risk or anticipation. I knew a family once fairly well off, and they would simply take their kids shopping, let them buy exactly what they wanted, wrap them up and call them “gifts.” Broke my heart. Where is the fun in that, the mystery and delight? We were a family that wrapped up rocks and sea shells just to keep the wonder going.
Our heavenly Father knows that the desires of our heart are not always a simple matter. We do not always truly “want” what we think we want. Sometimes what we actually “want,” is something we’ve always dreaded, feared, and not wanted at all. Or so we thought…
I have found real truth in that psalm, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Some 90% of our own joy stems from our own attitude about things. If you grasp that truth and can humble yourself, the Holy Spirit will actually place a desire in your heart that matches whatever you are dealing with. James 1:2 says, “consider it pure joy”…when you encounter various trials or when you “fall into divers temptations.”
What had the Apostle Paul chained to a wall in jail singing praises? Who taught him to say, “rejoice, and again I say rejoice!” The Holy Spirit giving him the desires of His heart. There he was in the midst of great suffering…. considering it pure joy. God will give you that, even in the midst of misery. He will have you convinced this is the best thing that ever happened to me, this is actually something I want….if you let Him. Surrendering all with great humility and allowing Him to place those desires in your heart is key.
I don’t wish to discount the value of all the other emotions here, grief, regret, sorrow, frustration. To everything there is a time and a season, but we are reminded very specifically in scripture to rejoice, to be joyous, and not to wander around murmuring about our miserable lot in life.
That is how you pay honor and glory to an earthly Father, you show him your delight and you trust that what He gives you is going to be the desire of your heart. Not an easy task when you’re staring at a pair of socks or a pack of underwear or something far less pleasant, but those are the times we must ask the Holy Spirit to align the desires of our heart with God’s will in our life.
Thank you Father, these are the best socks ever, and although I may not understand any of it, I trust that you are a Father who desires to see my delight, who asks for my pure joy, who knows my heart, a Father who truly knows how to make the bad things fun for His children……
****Also, just a side note, don’t ever underestmate the value of a good pair of socks. You have no idea what you have until someone runs off with them, which is a frequent occurance at our house.