We have all been wired to desire things beyond ourselves. I believe these desires for something more, something bigger, something better actually come from being created in God’s image. Our innermost being deeply longs to be connected with, and reflecting the likeness of, the One and Only who can truly, and delightfully, fulfill our deepest soul desires.
Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Unfortunately, in this broken world – with all of its confusion, disappointment, hurt and our own sinful behavior – our deepest soul desire to be in relationship with our God gets so twisted and thwarted because we don’t really trust God’s love for us or that God desires to be good to us.
To truly delight in the LORD, as the Hebrew word here means, is to be soft and pliable before our God. It is in this softness of heart, in this humble trust of God’s love for us and belief that God is good – regardless of our circumstances – that God is able to do His greatest work within us: Transforming us to reflect His likeness and character.
As we choose to be soft and pliable in our God’s hands, as we delight ourselves in the LORD, we give up our self-focused desires, our sense of entitlement, our pride, stubbornness, hurt, doubt, resentment and self-righteous judgment. It is here, being soft, pliable and delighting in our LORD, that God’s transforming work within our hearts can happen. It is here, being soft, pliable and delighting in our LORD, that we grow to be more like Jesus in love, grace, truth, wisdom, mercy, courage, strength, hope, peace, kindness and compassion. It is here, being soft, pliable and delighting in our LORD, that the desires of our hearts actually become the same desires that God has for each of us. And our God delights in fulfilling those desires!