Our Heart’s Desire

Our verse today is Psalm 20:4, “May He grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your counsel!” (NASB 1995)  Sometimes, I think, we look at a verse like this and just skim right over it.  David wrote this Psalm and from what I’ve read in various commentaries, Psalm 20 is a Psalm the people sang to David as he was preparing to go to battle.  David never went to battle without going to the Lord first and consulting Him about what he was about to do. The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart. (1 Samuel 13:14) The people are encouraging David by expressing their desire that what David is seeking God for will come to fruition.  In other passages of the Bible, we are encouraged to do as David did…go to God with our plans, the desires of our hearts, and His will for our lives.

The Scripture also tells us that our heart’s desires should line up with God’s desires for us.  Jeremiah 29:11 tells us, “’For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (NIV) James tells us what we are to, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8 ESV)  He also said that we should go to God for wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5 ESV)  When we align our desires with God’s, we can be assured that our heart’s desires will be granted.  They may not come in our timing, and the way may not be easy, but they will come, and it will always be for our best.  Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” (KJV)  When we give everything to Him, we can rest in the knowledge that He has the best planned out for us. 

Sometimes, I think we look at a verse like Psalm 20:4 and think that it means that no matter what we ask for, God will grant it.  But that isn’t what the Bible tells us.  “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 NASB 1995)  What we may be asking for may not be good for us, or the timing may be wrong.  God sees the whole plan while we see only a small part of it.  When we seek God’s will for our lives and desire what He desires for us, He will lead us and make a way for that desire to be fulfilled.  Remember Jeremiah 29:11?  God has GOOD plans for us…plans not to harm us but to give us a future and hope. 

When we receive the desires of our hearts, what are we to do?  “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 ESV)  We are to praise and thank the Lord for granting what we have asked.  “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” (Hebrews 13:15 ESV)

As we look continually to God and ask Him to fulfill the desires of our hearts, we must remember to align our will with His and be obedient to Him.  When we align our desires with His, not only will we find peace in our hearts, but we will bring honor to Him, and He will give us what we are asking.   

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