Psalm 37:3(NKJV) Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord; And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice 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 brings wicked schemes to pass.
The Lord promises to give us the desires of our hearts. But many people take this passage out of context, forgetting that their own mindset plays a vital part in bringing it to fruition. As it is said in the 12 step recovery programs, “Where your mind goes, your feet go, so be careful what you think about.”
What is your responsibility when it comes to claiming promises from God? Delight yourselves in the Lord (Ps. 37:4). People of God should rejoice in God and desire to walk in obedience. The Lord must have first place in your life before you can claim the promise in this verse. Commit your way to the Lord (v. 5). Allow God to change any aspect of your ambition that is not His will.
Remember that when the Lord doesn’t answer a prayer as you wished, it is for a reason. Trust in Him (v. 5). God is merciful, all-knowing (Omniscient), kind, and generous. You can trust God with your hopes and dreams. Rest in the Lord (v. 7). Resting in the Lord means trusting Him to answer prayers in divine timing or transform your aspirations so they conform to the Lord’s will.
Wait upon the Lord patiently (v7). Jesus waited three decades before beginning His three-year ministry on earth. According to this example, waiting is one of the key principles of the family of God living. Do your desires align with God’s purpose and plan for your life? The Lord longs to give His followers abundant blessings and fullness of joy. So allow your dreams to be conformed to the Lord’s will, and follow His guidance faithfully. Only when you surrender to God will you experience God’s best for your life.
For His Kingdom,
Pastor James Baker