Welcome to a quick study of Psalm 37:1-4

I am picking up where  last week's post ended. If you didn't read that yet, 

just click on the link  〉https://everydaywiththeking.com/2016/10/21/psalm-374/

 

Now, let's take a closer look at Psalm 37:1-4

Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.

 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:1-4    NKJV 

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This Psalm of David starts with some important instructions that are crucial to our life. Verse 1  calls our attention to the tendency to be negatively affected by those around us. I have experienced fretfulness and envy when my thinking has been consumed by looking at other people. How about you? David reminds us in verse 2 that these things  we tend to become agitated about are very temporary.

 

We find the proper focus for our thinking in verse 3. Our trust should not be in ourselves, other people, money, or anything else. Our trust is to be in God alone. I love the last part of verse 3 - feed on His faithfulness. We are to live by looking to the Lord, feeding on His faithfulness and daily putting our complete trust in Him.

We have now arrived at our main verse. Notice that after carefully reading  verses 1-3  we are able to see verse 4 a little differently than just pulling the verse out alone.

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

       DESIRE       DELIGHT

To delight yourself involves finding joy, pleasure, and fulfillment. If you truly delight in the Lord, you will want to spend time alone with Him. You will find yourself preoccupied with Him.

Jesus said, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21

Notice the word desire used in the NLT version below.

"Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be."

Matthew 6:21 NLT

Let's ask ourselves

  1. What do I take delight in?
  2. What is my heart's desire?
Please don't rush to answer this.

Complete honesty with yourself is necessary.

Is your answer different than what you would like it to be?

If  your heart is delighting in something or someone other than Jesus, admit it.

Your desires can be changed. Help is found through prayer.

To finish reading Heart's Desire please go directly to the website/blog. Click on link below.

https://everydaywiththeking.com/2016/10/27/hearts-desire/

Blessings,

Lynn

 

 

Published by Lynn Bradley