The Desires of Your Heart

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 37:3 – Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Trusting in the Lord is the first step in receiving (from God) the true inner desires of your heart. Without trust, one cannot really believe in God to answer their prayers. “Thou shalt be fed” means that God meets your personal needs, and it is His delight to do so “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Psalms 37:4 – Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall {absolutely} give thee the desires of thine heart.

First we trust in the Lord, and secondly we delight also in the Lord, and because of our delight, joy, and excitement it will presently be God’s pleasure to give us the desires of our hearts.  The above Scripture not only says that God will give us the desires of our heart, but that He also can place a desire into our very hearts, and then show us how to receive it.

There are times in life when we may not even know what is the best way to turn; often we are not even sure of what we are good at, nor do we know how to achieve our goals. However, Psalms 37:4 says that God can even give us “the desires of thine heart” meaning that God will first give us an actual desire, and then He will see that it comes to pass according to our believing.

Psalms 37:5-6:
-5:  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of your heart} to pass.
-6:  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

“Thy righteousness as the light” means that you will feel wonderful and totally deserving, shining with effervescence because you have received the desires of your heart. “Thy judgment as the noonday” means that because you indeed did trust, delight, and commit your ways unto God, you are entitled and completely deserving to receive the desires of your heart from Him.

When God gives you the desires of your heart you will know without any doubt that you are living in the warmth of the light of God’s noonday, for then you will be enjoying the abundance of His blessings!

Trusting in Jehovah

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 37:3:
Trust in the LORD {Jehovah}, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Trusting in the LORD, Jehovah is the first step in receiving (from our God) the true inner desires of our hearts. Without trust, we cannot really believe in Jehovah to answer our prayers. Thou shalt be fed means that the LORD supplies our personal needs, and it is His delight to do so “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Psalms 37:4:
Delight thyself also in the LORD {Jehovah}; and he shall {absolutely} give thee the desires of thine heart.

First, we trust in the LORD, and secondly, we delight also in the LORD, and because of our delight, joy, and excitement, it will be Jehovah’s pleasure to give us the desires of our hearts. The above Scripture not only informs us that Jehovah will give us the desires of our heart, but that He also can place a desire into our hearts, and then shows us how to receive and achieve our goals.

You see, there are times in life when we may not even know the best way to turn; often we are not even sure of our talents, or why we were put on this Earth, let alone have the desire to accomplish goals. However, Psalms 37:4 reveals that Jehovah can even give us the desires of thine heart meaning that He will first give us an actual desire, and then He will inspire us with focus and direction to start us on an action path so that our desires can come to pass.

Trust this, the LORD Jehovah will never give you a desire that you are unable to pursue in life, rather it will be something that specifically you will love to do and you will love to fulfill the full potential of that desire.

Psalms 37:5-6:
-5: Commit thy way unto the LORD {Jehovah}; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of thine heart} to pass.
-6: And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Thy righteousness as the light means that you will feel wonderful and totally deserving and shining with effervescence because you will receive the desires of your heart and truly enjoy them. Thy judgment as the noonday means that because you indeed did trust, delight, and commit your ways unto Jehovah, you are entitled and completely deserving to receive the desires of your heart from Him.

When Jehovah gives you the desires of your heart, you will know without a doubt that you are living in the warmth of the light of Jehovah’s noonday, in the sweet spot of life being in the favor of the LORD, for then you will be enjoying the abundance of His blessings!

Psalms 37:40:
And the LORD {Jehovah} shall help them {believers}, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

In the Old Testament times since Moses, Israel began to truly understand that God wanted a real heartfelt relationship with them so intimate that they would know him as Jehovah. Moses partnered with Jehovah and led Israel into the Promised Land of milk and honey.

Deuteronomy 8:7-9:
-7: For the LORD {Jehovah} thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
-8: A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
-9: A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.

Jehovah helped Israel by parting the Red Sea and allowed them to pass through on dry ground (Exodus 14:21-22).

Jehovah’s personal relationship with Israel was so palatable that when they believed on His presence, He helped Israel by feeding them with manna (Exodus 16:35, and in Psalms 78:25, manna is called, “angel’s food”).

Jehovah helped Israel by giving them quail in abundance (Numbers 11:31-32), and He gave water that flowed abundantly from desert rocks (Exodus 17:6).

Jehovah helped Israel by proving to them that He was watching over and protecting them, by surrounding them with the physical signs such as the cloud in the daytime and a wall of fire in the nighttime as evidence of His presence (Exodus 13:22).

Often at night in Sinai, the temperatures could drop down to below freezing, and the wall of fire gave the children of Israel not only a feeling of protection but also warmth. As well, the cloud by day would keep the soaring heat down, which normally rises to an average of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. We suspect that every place Israel walked for forty years maintained a constant and comfortable seventy two degrees, night and day, this in a land that was considered as hot as a sweltering iron furnace: “In the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace” (Deuteronomy 4:20, Jeremiah 11:4).

The children of Israel began knowing Jehovah and His personal help, daily seeing His wondrous works (Psalms 105:38-45).

Jehovah’s relationship with them became so magnanimous that He even kept their clothes and shoes mended (Deuteronomy 29:5), and sickness almost became a forgotten memory during the entire forty-year journey over to the Promised Land of milk and honey (Psalms 105:37), and this was their reward for partaking in the LORD’S Passover.

Nehemiah 9:21:
Yea, forty years didst thou {Jehovah} sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.

Yet Moses even with his great understanding of Jehovah, only had glimpses and shadows of his Savior to teach, and this was true with all of the Old Testament Prophets who taught and wrote the Scriptures. Each Prophet added more unique revelation of the coming one, and Jesus did fulfill all their combined foresights of revelation in the Gospel age relating to his first coming, and paved the way for his second coming as the Lord of lords and King of kings.

Today in comparison, we have the benefit of having in our possession the whole of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and New Testament.

In the first century, with the personal presence of Jesus Christ, he finally and fully declared God’s wonderful name, and showed Israel the ultimate manifestation of Jehovah’s loving relationship through his own life’s example. Jesus was the representative of Jehovah’s heart and love (John 3:16) beyond what anyone ever knew, and today we are certainly blessed:

Matthew 13:16-17:
-16: {Jesus is speaking} But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear {emphasis supplied}.
-17: For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men {in the Old Testament times} have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them {while today we see and hear}.

As Israel recognized and experienced the presence of Jehovah in the Old Testament times, we today may experience a continual relationship with Him. Jesus, being much like Moses who was a deliverer of the chosen of God, is a much greater deliverer, for he enabled anyone, anywhere in the entire world who would simply believe to receive eternal life.

What inestimable value and benefit to know for a surety that we not only have eternal life but also our reserved seating at heaven’s throne!

Jesus (who is already at the throne, interceding for us) is the subject of Scripture; he is our true spiritual fountain of life-giving water offered by Jehovah. Jesus reveals the caretaking qualities of God as Jehovah to the searching hearts of men and women who come to Jehovah through him.

Trust in the LORD

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed– Psalms 37:3. Trusting in the LORD is a great first step in receiving (from our God) the true inner desires of our hearts. Without trust, we cannot really believe in Him to answer our prayers. Thou shalt be fed means that the LORD supplies our personal needs, and it is His delight to do so “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).”

Savoring the Taste of Grace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Proverbs 3:5–6:
-5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
-6: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The more we commit ourselves to God, the greater our trust in Him will grow effortlessly and without compulsion. As we begin acknowledging Him in all our ways, the clearer our daily paths in this life will become lit up in the light of God’s healing Word and guidance (Ephesians 1:18–19). By learning to put our trust in God with all our hearts, it will be most evident to us that God can then begin directing our walks with Him on paths that will be most pleasing to Him and to us.

When we share our hopes and dreams with God and allow Him to work within our lives, He will most assuredly give to us the desires of our hearts, for God is able to do more than we could ever think of asking or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20). When we give God our earnest prayers, our continued love, and our daily thanks – believing that He has received them – then God begins to work mightily in our lives.

When we begin making room in the heart of our hearts for God, we will also discover that we were formed, made, and created to be the actual habitation of God (Ephesians 2:22). Then becoming a cheerful giver (to God first), will be a continuous blessing to us. This is why I believe that Christians can become the most generous and giving people on the planet. As we learn to trust in God and become good stewards of what He has given, He will inspire us to become “cheerful givers.” From a biblical point of view, whatever and whenever a believing Christian gives to God, it never costs him, but rather pays in eternal dividends.

The more we begin believing that all we own are gifts from God, and that He has made us stewards of His gifts, then He can inspire us in love to be cheerful givers. We will know within our hearts that when we share of our God-given abundance, or of our God-given talents, or of our God-given time with others, we will literally be giving His blessings to others. The greatest giving that Christians can possibly give is to dedicate their lives to God, which thankfully does not mean that we need to change our lifestyle because God loves us the way we are. He not only accepts us with our hopes and dreams but with all our shortcomings and frailties as human beings. God simply wants you to begin enjoying life; He only desires that you take Him with you. Romans 12:1–2 reads that we may “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” If we were to give God our prayers in the morning, and spend a few moments in His healing Word, thanking Him for the upcoming day, then God will be proving to us that He is with us throughout the day. This is how and when God begins showing us His “good, acceptable, and perfect will.”

 Psalms 34:8:
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

One who has placed his trust in God is one whose life is blessed (by God) to the point that God’s gracious Word and His many promises becomes truly palatable spiritually, physically, and even mentally. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but {man shall live} by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). So, God’s wonderful Word can be feasted on and savored in the heart of our hearts. No wonder the Word is called “the bread of life” (John 6:48), and “wholesome words” (I Timothy 6:3).

Jeremiah confessed: “thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.” (Jeremiah 15:16). It seems like he thoroughly enjoyed the Scriptures! When a believing soul puts his or her trust in God as their sufficiency in physical matters of life, God also fills to the full the true spiritual matters of the human heart.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be fulfilled.” As we taste our heavenly gift of righteousness, of holy spirit, of the joys discovered from the Word of God, and the immensity of the powers of God (Hebrews 6:4–5), we cannot but be inspired to continue trusting in God’s gracious Word. Our thirst for the fullness of life with God in Christ can and will become a reality within our lives.

I Peter 2:2–3:
-2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
-3: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

There is genuine milk (i.e., whole milk, rather than skim, one percent, or half-and-half) within every ounce of God’s winsome, delectable, and gracious Word! God is so wonderful and gracious to us in so many ways, which are at times beyond our comprehension, yet we may assuredly know that we have received from God (II Corinthians 9:15, I Peter 1:8).

God’s desire for us is that we take Him at His Word, allowing Him and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into our lives, and allow the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God into our hearts. Let us be men and women of God who have decided to give Him our inner hearts’ trust. Let us continue allowing God Himself to show us how to be the kind of cheerful giver we personally desire to be, and give God His rightful place in our lives, giving Him all our love, along with and our hopes and dreams, as we continue savoring the taste of His divine graces upon our lives.

Hebrews 13:5:
Let your conversation {manner of living or behavior} be without covetousness {greed, wanting more than our needs); and be content with such things as ye have: for he {our God} hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Allow me to present this verse one more time from the Amplified Bible:

Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible):**
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.  [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

What a comfort it is to realize that God is with us always – this indeed is savoring the taste of grace.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.