David says in Psalm 37:4
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
This is very backwards to our natural way of thinking. We think that to get the desires of our heart we should delight ourselves in ourselves. We should focus on ourselves, pursuing and running after whatever it is we want.
What we fail to realize is that the desires of our heart are only enjoyed in a certain context. When they are aquired not as the central thing of our life, but as an add on, with God at the centre of our lives. Only in that context do the desires of our heart satisfy us, because only in that context are our desires what they should be. It’s when God is at the centre of our life, and our lives orbit around Him that our desires are purified both in terms of what we want and why we want it.
When we pursue our desires without God as our primary desire, we seek something in them that they cannot give us. We think we will be satisfied by getting whatever it is we want. The reality is even when we get it, it doesn’t deliver. It satisfies for a time, to a measure, but we discover we have a deeper need, a deeper hunger that remains unsatisfied.
That need is our need for God, the need for Him at the centre of our life, being pursued as our primary desire. This need is in all of us. It is how God made us, depedent on Him for life, for satisfaction and as long as we pursue anything divorced from Him being the centre of our lives, divorced from delighting ourselves primarily in Him, it will prove empty. Even when we get all we are pursuing, it will still prove empty.
So there is this strange truth expressed by this verse, that if we want to have the true desires of our heart, we should pursue God first, not our desires. As we do that the true desires of our heart are born and purified. We’ll get in touch with what we really want, the desires God puts within us that He made us for. Pursuing those will prove the most satisfying, delightful life of all.
Delighting in God proves delightful.