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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Expositional Thoughts on Psalm 37:4

Recently, Melissa and I have been reading through the the book of Psalms. We have been blessed with rich encouragement from the Scriptures. However, I have came across some verses that have complimented Psalm 37:4, which is one of my dearest verses close to my heart. The Lord promises to those who 'delight' in Him (meaning fellowship, prayer, communion, service in Christ), He will give us the desires of our hearts. This verse does not mean he will give us what we 'want' or what we suggestively lust after in gratification, but that God will give us what is the desires of our hearts in conformity to delighting in His holiness. So there are a few things we need to define to make such a case valid in the Scriptures.

David pens three verses that explain to us that God will grant us the desires of our hearts only if they are desires of our heavenly Father. Godly desires birth when godly obedience is maintained through being a doer of God's Word.

1. Psalm 20:4, "May He grant you according to your heart’s desire , And fulfill all your purpose."

2. Psalm 21:2, "You have given him his heart’s desire, And have not withheld the request of his lips."

3. Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart."

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