‘Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.’ Psalm 37:4
The Bible verse of today does not stand alone, but is closely related to the previous one. In both verses together we are commissioned, ‘Trust in the Lord and do good, dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture; take delight in the Lord,’ - and then we are promised, ‘and He will give you the desires of your heart’ (Psalm 37:3,4).
How dearly we would love to receive the desires of our hearts! But how poorly we comply to the condition that God sets us.
When the Israelites saw Pharaoh and his army approaching, they were terrified. They cried out to the Lord, we read. But did they trust Him? No, not at all. For one can only trust someone if that person has proven himself as someone who is to be trusted! And Israel knew its God still too little to really trust Him in hardship and danger.
And what about us? Have we come to know God in our lives so that even in difficult circumstances we dare to take a chance with Him? Only by obedience do we come to know God. As Jesus says, ‘Whoever has My commands and keeps them (…) I will show Myself to them’ (John 14:21).
God is eager to give us the desires of our hearts, but He can only do so if we trust Him and obey Him. For obedience without trust is either out of fear or out of calculation. For us it is important to know if our obedience stems from fear or from being truly safe in His shelter. Obedience and trust belong together; and only in this trustful obedience we feel safe and happy. Only then can we truly take delight in the Lord.