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June 6, 2004

”Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

Psalm 37:4

Do you have what your heart desires? You can. God is willing to give you your heart’s desires.

God is a very good Being! When He gave Adam and Eve the Garden of Eden, He said: “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it…” (Genesis 2:16 &17) God freely gave them all but one of the fruit trees of the garden to eat from. They had apple, orange, banana, cherry, apricot, peach, pear, avocado, lemon, lime, fig, date, olive, mulberry, walnut, pecan, almond….

Yes, God is a very good and generous Being. He gives us an abundance to enjoy! Look at our great nation, the United States of America. Homes, cars, food, restaurants, fields, trees, rivers, lakes, roads, communications, technology, freedom to worship in the church of your choice, laws to protect the innocent. No, our nation is not perfect. We have plenty to work on. But we are abundantly blessed by the God our nation is founded on, whom our great presidents rely upon.  

Only one tree was off limits in the garden. “But the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:17) Why did God forbid Adam and Eve to eat from this specific tree?

The answer is simple: Because it would kill them!

God’s rules are for our protection, our benefit. We get it all backward. The common misconception is that God is out to rip us off, to make our lives complicated or boring--anything but blessed. Yet nothing is further from the truth. God has a “Faith Hall of Fame” (Hebrews, chapter 11); Satan deserves a “Devil’s Hall of Shame.”

Our verse, today, shows us how to receive the desires of our hearts. We are to delight ourselves in God.

What does this look like? What does it mean to “delight myself in the LORD?

Before answering this, you’ll notice a word in the first half of the verse. It’s the word “also.” Also points to other things that are expected, besides delighting in or enjoying God. We find the other things in the three verses before Psalm 37:4.

First-don’t worry or fret about the evil we see in the world. And don’t admire those who are doing it! Instead, trust in God and be busy doing good!We don’t need to fret over troubling things; instead, we can rest in God’s unchanging love for us and occupy ourselves doing deeds that benefit others.

But it’s not enough to “go through the motions” with God. He loves us. He’s crazy about us! Yes, He’s absolutely wild about you and me!!! Going through the day, in “survival mode” won’t cut it with Him. He wants us to be excited about Him, in the same way that He is crazy about us!

If we choose to make God, Himself, our delight, our joy, our greatest treasure, then according to His word, He will give us our heart’s desires. The more we focus on Him and give our attention toward Him, enjoying the greatness of His being, we have His promise that He’ll give us what our hearts long for.

God is willing to give us what we desire if we choose to delight in Him. Choose to delight in His greatness, His glory, His kindness, gentleness and love today. Your heart will be rewarded!

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