Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
I love this verse, but it has come to mean so much more when I read it with the verses preceding it, and following it. Take a look at what I mean:
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
Sometimes study notes really help me understand each word in the passage, and make sure I read the passage the way it was intended. The MacArthur Bible Commentary explains that Psalm 37 is a wisdom Psalm, addressed to man, not God.
The Holman Christen Standard Study Bible notes explain that verse 4 means, “When there is a close relationship with Yahweh, a person’s heart’s desires will match God’s will and purposes.”
I also get a great deal of understanding by reading a different version. I’ve come to love The Voice Version. Look at the same passage in this version:
3 Believe in the Eternal, and do what is good—
live in the land He provides; roam, and rest in God’s faithfulness.
4 Take great joy in the Eternal!
His gifts are coming, and they are all your heart desires!
5 Commit your path to the Eternal; let Him direct you.
Put your confidence in Him, and He will follow through with you.
6 He will spread out righteousness for you
as a sunrise spreads radiance over the land;
He will deliver justice for you into the light of the high sun.
I immediately noticed the phrase, “let Him direct you.”
When I ask God for guidance everything seems to go much smoother. God’s guidance is absolutely perfect. His guidance leads me to the desires of my heart, which are perfect gifts from Him, by the way. God’s desires for me are better than the desires I have for myself.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
What do you understand from this passage?
Blessings on your day.