“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” ~ Psalm 37:4

If you’re like me, this is a time of year spent reflecting on the last year and setting goals for the next. At the core of this practice is are a couple of simple questions. What do I want? How do I go about getting it?

The verse above is often quoted when talking about getting what we want. God becomes some kind of cosmic vending machine. We put in our payment by delighting ourselves in the Lord. We then get whatever we want. This isn’t believing in God. This is believing in Santa Claus.

I think the real way to live out Psalm 37:4 is to focus on the delighting part, and not worrying about the rest. What does “delighting” look like? A relationship. Spending time with God with no other motive than to know him better. Start out with a few minutes of prayer and Bible study. Early in the morning is ideal, but anytime is fine. Let that time with God expand into whatever it will. Time spent with God is never wasted. It will take on a life of its own.

Delight yourself in the Lord. In doing so, a funny thing will happen. Over time, as you delight yourself in the Lord, your heart will line up with his heart. Your heart will change. Your cares will change. Your motives will change. And yes, even your desires will change.

You will desire what God desires, because he has given you the desires of your heart.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.