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Vantage Point: Delighting in the Lord

By Ken Horn
Sept. 30, 2012

“Delight yourself also in the Lord,

And He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4, NKJV).

This is one of the richest Old Testament promises. All you have to do to achieve your greatest dreams — the desires of your heart — is to genuinely delight in the Lord your God. It’s a guarantee; it’s right there in God’s Word.

But there is a problem with how this verse has been approached by many Christians. Here is how it is often perceived … and even taught by some:

“Christian A” has a list of things he wants — the desires of his heart. Now, there is a way for him to get those things he wants. He must learn to truly delight in the Lord. Once he has learned to do that, voilà, his wants start pouring in: the new large-screen TV, the boat, the house, prowess on the golf course.

The problem with this prosperity gospel-laced interpretation is … it’s all backward. You don’t start with desires and then wield some cosmic wand of flattery so that God is compelled to give you the goodies. You start with delighting in Him. When that is the genesis of your praise — untainted with a motive of greed — something strange happens to your desires.

Those desires change, become less materialistic, more godly and eternal. The promise is still fulfilled, but the desires are far different. Can anyone truly delight in the Lord when there is an ulterior motive behind it — praising Him to get something in return?

Look at the verse that follows the passage above:

“Commit your way to the Lord,

Trust also in Him,

And He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5).

Delighting in the Lord is about committing your life to Him. That would include making His desires for you your own desires for your life.

So start where Psalm 37:4 starts: Delight in the Lord. Get your mind free of any quid pro quo. Focus only on Him. Make it your delight to praise God.

Then watch what happens to your desires. And watch God send them your way … along with some added blessings for good measure!

Ken Horn

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