Our Heart’s Desire

Psalm 37:1-5 declares the following:

“Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”

When our desires align with God’s desires for our lives (v. 4), He will honor this promise.  For this alignment to occur, we must obey the commands provided throughout the rest of this Psalm and take the prescribed actions.  Instead of burning with anger toward those who commit evil and being envious of those who work iniquity, God assures us that He will deal justly with them in His time (vv. 1-2).  Being angry at and envious of evildoers indicates a problem with the desires of our hearts.  However, when we release these things to God, our desires align with His, and we begin to trust in Him and do His will (v. 3a).  In turn, we will always be satisfied to “dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness” all the days of our lives (v. 3b).

To put this more simply, the desires of our hearts can be obtained through the following actions:  Fret not, Trust, Dwell, Feed, Delight, and Commit.  Act now and reap the benefits of God’s will for your lives.

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