“Give You the Desires of Your Heart”
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” Psalm 37:4. We tend to measure ourselves by the yardstick of the world—or in the case of Goliath the cubit-stick? The world’s champion was six cubits and a span or over nine feet tall and a warrior since birth. No one in the Israelite army could measure up. Neither could Israel’s giant, King Saul, who stood a head taller than others. Saul, though, had left God, and so God had left him. This psalm of David gives us God’s measuring tape. For God to “act” and for Him to “bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday,” you must “trust in the LORD and do good,” “dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness,” “delight yourself” in Him, and “commit your way” to Him. This is what David did. Rather than trembling in fear as the army did, he dwelt in the land and befriended faithfulness by standing his ground against such a formidable challenge. Rather than trusting in what he could see and delighting himself in, er … himself as Saul did, David committed his way to defend the LORD’s name, whom Goliath had defied. And God gave him the desires of his heart. In whom do you delight?