Day 198: Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 31-41)

Posted: October 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. -Psalm 37: 3-6

God really does work mysteriously, and when I see the fruits of his work in hindsight, I am constantly amazed. I know it sounds conceited and self-important, but sometimes I think God does things in my life and with people around me just to teach me a lesson. So many times, the passage I am reading applies directly to a situation I have dealt with recently, it’s uncanny. Here’s just the latest example.

It’s no secret that I have been struggling over the past few weeks to keep up with my reading. I’m putting it out there, I’m behind. I’m not going to rush to catch up, but even in my weakness in falling behind, God has a lesson in store for a particular time. This passage I read tonight – Psalm 31-41 – I was supposed to read through a good couple of weeks ago. But I read it tonight. I am actually glad I read it this week instead of last, because God has shown me this passage in the last week and it had nothing to do with my reading.

You see, last Saturday, Sarah and I went to a wedding for one of her friends at work. This woman has been waiting patiently, a great woman of God, seeking and delighting in his ways, praying for a great man to enter her life and be her husband. Last Saturday, Oct. 9, her dream came true, and she married Mr. Right, a beautiful ceremony and a fun day all around! But you see, the most awesome thing about it, was that it was completely in honor of God. Both bride and groom took time to publicly acknowledge God’s role in their marriage and in their lives. It was inspiring. Many couples just do the ceremony, hop in the limo, go to the reception, eat, dance, electric slide, honeymoon! But this was different.

As we arrived at the ceremony, the tables, decked out in fancy flowers and place settings, I checked out these little brown bags – our wedding favors. So, like the little kid at Christmas that I am, I checked out my bounty, and along with some awesome chocolates, I took out a magnet, with full harvest design, which read the following verse: Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Both bride and groom would go on to explain the personal meaning behind the verses, the patience it took to eventually find each other, trusting in the LORD to give them wisdom and patience as they waited for the right match, while all the time remaining faithful to the LORD for everything. It was a great testimony, and right then and there, I grabbed my cell phone out of my pocket and texted that same verse to a friend of mine who has been struggling with some things in his life, praying for a certain thing VERY hard over the past year or so.

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

“AMEN brother!” said the text that came back to me soon after. Something about that verse was sticking with me, and I was feeling the need to share it. The notion of patience, of God working in his own time, blessing those that continue to trust, to pray, even without immediate satisfaction, waiting for the blessing that will come in His own time. The faith it takes to continuously wait, even if it be for years, is a true testament to one’s character when that blessing inevitably arrives!

But the story does not end there. Leave it to God to make it even better. Just thinking about it brings a tear to my eye, because coincidence has no place in God’s plan!

The next day in church, things are going as they normally do, a great service of worship and praise, a set of great guest speakers from Costa Rica and Poland – it was made even better when the person I sent the text to the day before comes up to me and tells me (I won’t reveal too much about it here, just for the sake of personal information) that the thing being prayed about was finally starting to work itself out.

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

I shared in this person’s joy, knowing the patience, the waiting, the suffering, the praying that went into the struggle, it was almost too much to take, yet I knew that God was opening up His spirit to me, showing me, in a most practical way, that the words of the Bible are true! Those that hope in the LORD, trust in Him, wait in His love, serve Him and seek Him, will be given the desires of their heart!

Which leads me to tonight.

Wouldn’t you know it, that my reading is Psalm 31-41, and as I read over Psalm 37 tonight, not even expecting it, I came across those familiar words that hit me so hard last weekend.

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

The timing of it just defies logic. That God saw fit to show me this verse last weekend on a wedding favor magnet, then have it strike such a chord with me that I share it with someone who is struggling with that very thing, only to have that person see the fruits of their patience come to pass that very next day, and then have it come back full circle to me again only five days later in a Bible reading? Ladies and gentleman, you can call it what you want, but for me, that’s a God thing, and there’s just no getting around that!

So after this amazing series of events, what’s the lesson for me? There are many things I feel I am “waiting” for. Maybe God is reminding me that I am not seeking Him as well as I ought to. Maybe He is pointing out to me that “desires of my heart” don’t necessarily mean “desires of my mind,” inconsequential things like money and status. Maybe it’s all of the above. All I know for sure is that if I continue to serve Him with all of my heart, He will bless me with the desires of my heart – the things God has in store for me that will bring me true happiness in spirit, growing ever closer to God in the process. So for those of you out there who are trusting in Christ to deliver, waiting patiently for God’s blessing, even when it seems like there is no hope on the horizon, remember:

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4


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