Desires of the heart


Psalm 37

1 Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2 For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9 For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
10 Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more;
And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there.
11 But the humble will inherit the land
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

What does it mean to delight myself in the Lord? In the Easy to read translation, it is to enjoy serving the Lord. I believe that to delight in the Lord is to like what God likes. Justice (v.7) as much as goodness, faithfulness (v.3,6) is a major concern of the Lord.

The psalmist tells us in v. 1 not to ‘fret’ nor be envious because of evil people. This implies impatience for justice – why aren’t they getting what they deserve. It also hints of desires to be in their shoes. It seems that evildoers are prospering.

What are we told not to do? First, We are not to fret (v.1,7,8). We are not to envy. (v.1) Why not? Evil people are transient. They do not last. (v.1,2) We are also not to be angry. (v.8) Why not? It leads only to evildoing. And evildoers will be cut off. (v.9)

Instead what are we to do?

v. 3 tells us to trust, to do good and be faithful.

To commit (v.5) is to trust, to leave it to God to do it. Do what? He will help me to be righteous (to be just) in the face of injustice. (v.6)

How? Rest and wait patiently. How? Rest in the Lord and wait for the Lord. (v.7) Why? For evildoers will have their due punishment and those who wait for the Lord will have their reward. (v.9)

How long do I have to wait? A little while..(v.10) To wait and be patient is to stretch it little by little. Konti nalang, konti pa.

Most of all, we are to be humble. Ultimately a humble heart trusts, a humble heart does good, a humble heart is faithful. It commits to depend on God – to let God be God. Humility enables us to rest in the Lord, to wait patiently for his time.

What are you waiting for, dear friend? Are you struggling in anger and envy for the wrong to be right? Is it difficult to rest and easier to fret? What is your heart’s desire? Is it aligned with God’s delight? Be assured my friend. He who delights in the Lord will have the Lord fulfil the desires of his heart. He who trusts in the Lord, waits in the Lord, humbles himself before the Lord will inherit the land. To inherit the land is to receive what God promised. And all of God’s promises are true. What He says, he will do.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will surely give you the desires of your heart. Make it your desire to please Him – do what He likes, prioritise what He considers important. Trust, rest and wait patiently. Fret not.


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