Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Every human being spends their life desperately trying to fulfill their cravings for destiny, intimacy and meaning in life. God has programmed us with these cravings to compel humanity to seek him. God alone is the fulfillment of all desire. Tragically, individuals waste the majority of life pursing earthly relationships and experiences to try to fill the void in their heart God alone is able to satisfy.
As free will beings we are faced with a million different paths and adventures to pursue in life. Though all of these paths provide the illusion of destiny, meaning and intimacy, it is only an illusion. No earthly relationship or experience will ever satisfy the cravings of your heart because apart from relationship with its Creator your heart is hopelessly incomplete. As finite human beings we do not even understand our own desires. We vainly pursue all earthly desires only to discover they are unable to fulfill the God shaped void in our hearts. Pursuing our own desires is a futile endeavour that leaves individuals completely lost, miserable and hopeless. Midlife crisis’ are often are result of “having everything you have ever wanted” and realizing the dreams you have spent a lifetime pursuing have failed to satisfy the cravings of your heart.
Since pursuing our own desires will never satisfy our hearts, God reveals the secret to fulfilling all cravings in life in Psalms 37:4. Delighting yourself in the Lord is the only way to fulfill the cravings of your heart. You have been made in God’s image, so God alone is able to satisfy the deepest cravings of your heart. Vain attempts to satisfy your soul’s cravings will only leave you wounded, broken and miserable.
As parents we desire to provide the absolute best for our children. Imagine how you would feel if they are running away so they can be happy because you don’t really love them or have their best interest in mind. Imagine the agony and anguish of helplessly watching your child vainly pursuing every temporary high trying to satisfy the cravings of their heart. As your child suffers tremendous physical and emotional damage, your heart is tormented fully aware of the greater plan you had for their life.
Is your heart breaking? This is only a glimpse of how your heavenly Father’s heart breaks for you, when you vainly try to fulfill the cravings of your own heart. It breaks His heart to see you suffer or settle for anything less than His perfect plan for your life. Every time you attempt to pursue your cravings apart from your Father, his heart breaks…
“Why are you settling for so little in life?
If only you could see how much greater my plan is for your life!
If only you would realize that you are totally incapable of fulfilling the cravings your hearts because you do not even understand your own desires!
If only you would trust me because I have created you and only I am able to fulfill the deepest cravings of your heart.
Learn to live continually delighting yourself in the Lord. The Hebrew root word for delight is “Anag”. The primary definition for “Anag” is to live softly or delicately. The depth of this word carries profound implications. To delight yourself in the Lord, is not merely making God your supreme joy and motivation for living, it also implies that you are giving Him complete control of your life. To live softly or delicately speaks of being mouldable and conformable to our Father’s leading. This makes perfect sense because apart from the Father’s leading you have no hope of experiencing fulfillment or even understanding your own heart’s desires! The secret to finding the desires of your heart is allowing your Father to lead you into His perfect plan for your life.
Don’t waste another moment vainly pursuing your own cravings apart from God. I pray your heavenly Father will awaken your heart to clearly see that He alone can satisfy your deepest desires. As you learn the secret of delighting yourself in the Lord, He alone is able to fulfill your heart’s deepest cravings.
- What are depending on to satisfy the cravings of destiny, intimacy and meaning deep within the confines of your heart?
- Have you wasted time chasing “temporary highs” in life? Do you still bear the wounds and brokenness of these pursuits? Your Heavenly Father desires to completely heal you and wipe away these memories from your mind. In Isaiah 43:25 God says he has completely erased your past, so why are you still remembering it? Though your past seems like a real event in your mind, it does not exist and so it is only a figment of your imagination. Allow your Father to heal your heart of past brokenness and fulfill your deepest cravings today.
- How can you delight yourself in the Lord today? What specific areas of your life do you need to surrender to God’s leading?