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Girl, What Does Your Heart Desire?

By: Guest Blogger

Like many of you, I am constantly thinking of my future, constantly thinking how will I know if I’m doing God’s will in my life? How do I know if I have God-honouring desires?

That’s when I turn to Psalm 37… verse 4 especially…

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Well when I was younger, I always assumed that verse meant, that if I delight and draw near to God, He will give me whatever my heart desires… GREAT I thought! All I have to do is get close to God and bam, He’s going to give me all that my heart desires! How often do we as Christian young women treat God like a genie and think “if I draw close to God, if I act like a good Christian, God is going to grant all my wishes because I deserve that right?” … I know I used to have a mindset like that.

So it came as a surprise to me one day when I found out what this awesome verse actually meant! When we delight in God- spending time with God in His Word, in prayer, praising, worshipping and glorifying Him -with the right attitude- then God will place HIS desires in our heart!

What a blessing to know that when we truly delight in God, He’s the one who places His desires in our hearts…

And why is this a good thing? One of the reasons why this is so great is because of what we read in Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”

Our hearts are still affected by sin. Satan loves to tempt us, confuse our hearts and place the wrong desires in our hearts. One thing to remember about Satan is that he makes sin look desirable! The wrong desires he tempts us to have don’t look like sin on the outside, they may seem to be good but that is exactly what Satan wants you to think. That’s why we have to delight in God-rely on Him, trust in Him, ask Him for wisdom, seek His Word for counsel and seek godly counsel.

God also gives us some other ways to delight in Him in the next few verses of Psalm 37…

  • Commit your way to the Lord
  • Trust in Him
  • Patiently wait for Him
  • Don’t fret or worry because of others who seem to be prospering

We serve the Almighty, All-Knowing God, what a blessing and a privilege to know that He is the One that’s in control and can make His desires known in our hearts!

What are your favorite verses to turn to when you want to know or are worried about the future?

Who else just loves to read the Psalms?

What desires are in your heart and mind at the moment that you want to seek wisdom for?

Guest Blogger: Ruth Finlay from the great country of Australia! 

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8 Responses to Girl, What Does Your Heart Desire?

  1. Leah Collins says:

    Wow! What a wonderful reminder! Good job Ruth!

  2. Chelsea Ejimakor says:

    Thanks a lot Ruth. This a wonderful message .

  3. Annie. says:

    What a blessing this article is!! I have been struggling with this for the past month and I had been feeling very discouraged about it!! The questions in my head are always “what if I’m
    Not in Gods Will?” “What’s my purpose?” “What is my future even going to be like?” “ how will I know what to do after I graduate high school?!” “What if I have no ambition or desires after graduation?”. All these questions always make me feel low and discouraged and sad. But this blog post has really
    Opened my eyes to see that God will put the right desires in my heart. But I have to want them. Psalm 37:4-5 are great verses for how to do this!

    Heres a thought I had: What if the desire of my heart is to have God put the right desires in it? Or I mean, shouldnt my desire be that?

    Thank you for this Lovely article Ruth!

  4. hannah says:

    Thanks for the post Ruth.

  5. Loren says:

    “For I know the plans I have for you, say’s the Lord. Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your way’s acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” Psalm 3:5-6 (I think, lol!)
    These are my go to verses, cuz I am very anxious of the future. I’m a semi-control freak, and not knowing what’s going to happen to me is a little hard for me, but it’s gotten easier and easier. I don’t know what I want to do after highschool, I don’t know what my mission is, but thanks for this amazing post Ruth, it really put my mind at ease. 🙂

    YES! I love reading through the Psalms… I love Psalm 118 and Psalm 3, along with most of the other ones, but those are my top two to name them. Well, the top two that I read or remind myself of. Psalm 1 is just such a wonderful way to start the book of Psalms, it’s so beautiful!

    My biggest dream right now is to travel. Being in a large family kind of… prohibits that.

  6. Kaley Gesell says:

    I love this! This is so Amazing!! “delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” was explained so well in this blog! A desire that is in my heart and mind at the moment that I want to seek wisdom for is to be a better example of Christ, especially with a better attitude!

  7. Ruth Jackson says:

    This truth is HUGE! It didn’t hit home for me till recently. It’s amazing what God can do when you believe in his Word. I have been reminded of those verses: Jeremiah 29:11 and 17:9. The world we live in today is full of people telling us that we should follow our hearts and if it feels good, do it. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to take a step back before committing to something that was wrong. Just goes to show how important having a relationship with God is verses just being a Christian.

    Patiently waiting for Him to lead is probably the hardest for me. I hate waiting. Really hate it. Especially when it feels like my world is closing in. Working with a demanding boss in a toxic environment really molded my heart to lean on Him. It wasn’t easy, trust me. Now I have a better job with coworkers and a boss who appreciate me and have a desire to see me succeed. Without Him, I would still be miserable. I know that for a fact.

    Thank you for this inspiring post!

  8. Shah says:

    Like you, I didn’t know what the psalms 37:4 meant. I love reading the Psalms and Philippians 2:9-10 makes me happy.
    This is such an enlightening article . God has spoken it me through it.

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