“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
That sounds awesome that the LORD will give the desires of your heart. Thing is- that’s the second clause. The first is to “Take delight in the LORD.” To rejoice in the Lord. To treasure and cherish the LORD.
The human heart is fickle and not to be trusted, The human heart is bound by sin. (1) We often do not have the love and adoration of God in our hearts (Jn 5:42).
We are transformed “because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Rom 5:5) (2)
Only when the LORD redeems and replaces our heart can we desire the LORD (Ezek 11:19). Only when we have the LORD as the desire of our heart will all our other desires be properly aligned as subordinate and insignificant.
We rely on the LORD to direct and strengthen our hearts in faith (1 Thess 3:13, 2 Thess 2:17, 3:15) When we commit our heart and our way to the LORD, he will take care of our every other need (Psalm 37:1-17)
(1. Gen 6:5, Num 15:39, Ps 5:9, Ps 10:3, Ps 58:2, PS 64:6, Ps 95:10, Isa 32:6, Mt 9:4, Mt 12:34, Mt 15:8-19, John 5:42, Rom 1:21-22, Rom 2:5, 1 Cor 4:5, Eph 4:18, Heb 3:10-15, Jam 3:14)
(2. Ps 119:36, Jer 31:33, Ezek 11:19, 36:26, Cor 1:22, 2 Cor 3:3, 2 Cor 4:6, Gal 4:6, Eph 3:17, 1 Jn 3:20)