It is late on Saturday night, the wife has already gone to bed (tired from the hike), and I am making edits to our blog. I was looking for a good verse to post as a welcome and I came across Psalm 37:4. It really got me thinking about all of the request I have brought before the Lord in the last couple of months (some even for the last couple of years). Sometimes it feels as though He hasn't given me the desires of my heart. It is difficult to deal with the Lord giving an answer that doesn't go along with my "life plan". Luke 11:9 comes to mind where it says "and I say unto you, ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened". I am asking and I am knocking, but when nothing happens it is hard to understand why. So what can I do. That is where Psalm 37:4 comes in.
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will tend to the desires of your heart.
What does it mean to delight yourself in the Lord? How can I delight myself in the Lord? I need to seek him, I need to sit at his feet and just listen. I have to get away from the business and distractions of the world, concentrate on His word and listen and let the Holy Spirit convict my heart. In order to delight in the Lord I need to do what pleases Him, I need to put Him first and have His word on my heart. Psalm 40:8 says "I delight to do your will, Oh God, and your law is within my heart."
If I delight myself in the Lord, He will help me see my true desires. When I think I know what I want in my life and I bring those desires to the Lord, He doesn't always answer, or at least He doesn't always answer the way I think He should. But if I desire the Lord first, everything else will come and He will give me the true desires of my heart in His time. The important thing for me to remember is to keep seeking the Lord, continue to knock and simply delight myself in Him. He has already blessed me with so much in my life, but I want to focus on the things that have yet to come and my current desires instead of just being joyful and content. God is good. He loves me and has always blessed me and taken care of me in the past, so I just need to be patient and delight myself in Him.