"Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4
How many of you when you saw this scripture started to get all tingly and excited? Got to feeling all warm and fuzzy because you knew where this was headed, didn't you? Sorry, not today. This is one of the most misused, misunderstood and abused scriptures. We are guilty of pretty much ignoring the first part and only focusing on the getting the desire of our hearts part. We get on our knees with our ďdesire listĒ like kids with Santa at Christmas and start asking. Imagine our shock when God asks in return, ďWhat have you done for me lately?Ē Thatís not fair, thatís not part of the deal! Yes, it is. He said heíd give me what I desire! No, he didn't.
Laziness is always detrimental. In the things of God, it can be a killer. No one wants to take the time to sit and actually read the Word. Not when there are so many short-cuts. The problem is, you canít subscribe to him on Facebook and you canít follow him on Twitter. Itís interesting how we have hours to spend with substitutes, and no time to spend with the real thing. Thatís why we have become such a wealth of misinformation about the God we claim to love and serve.
If you go back and look at not only Psalm 37:4 but also the scriptures that surround and protect it from misinterpretation, you will get the complete message God is sending.
"Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday." Psalm 37:3-6
Well that just takes the fun out of everything. Yes, God makes promises, and he absolutely keeps them. However, we must do our part and meet the conditions for him to do so, just like a Godly parent should.
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