What does that really mean in the context of scripture. Psalms 37:4-5 has been misunderstood bringing disappointment and doubt to many in the family of God. Let’s look closely at these scriptures and others that may help us in our understanding.
Psalm 37:4-5 Delight yourself also in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit you way unto the Lord , trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.
At first glance this seems to be a formula for getting anything that we may desire. It’s not. Look at it again. It’s a formula for you to receive from God, as you delight yourself in Him, “desires” that He will place into your heart. This is confirmed by other scriptures.
Philippians 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
God is working in you to accomplish two things—to will and to do His good pleasure. As you delight yourself in Him, He will give you the desires of your heart; His will; His good pleasure. Not what you want, but what He wants.
Having a heart open to God we are then in a place to receive from Him. We can then with much greater assurance discern God’s will-His good pleasure. And as we commit our way to Him and trust in Him, He will accomplish His good pleasure in us and through us.
Remember, it’s not what you want, but what He wants!