Praying For The Desires Of Our Hearts

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ The idea for this post came to me yesterday while exploring the Bible app on my phone. I came across a verse that has been both a comfort and a hindrance in my walk with the Lord over the years. The verse I’m talking about is Psalm 37:4, where the psalmist tells us that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart.

I’d like to talk about this verse because it’s one of those promises of the Lord that can be easily misunderstood. Not quite getting the context can lead one to believe that when we pray for something fervently, and then still don’t get it, it’s tempting to think that this Bible verse is a lie.

I’m here to reassure you that it’s not.

When I first began really reading my Bible as a preteen, there were a lot of verses that stumped me. From wondering if the stated promises were reserved just to the person it was given or to every person who read it, to completely misunderstanding what a verse was even talking about, there were times when I’d finish reading my Bible and be less enlightened than I was before I began reading. While I love reading His Word no matter what day it is, there have still certainly been times where I would end up very confused, haha!

I would have to say that out of all the Bible verses I’ve read that have a deeper meaning than first meets the eye, Psalm 37:4 would have to be the most notorious for giving misconceptions – myself included.

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

When I first read the verse, it initially reassured me because I thought that by being content in the Lord, then He would provide me with everything that I pray for. That’s an awesome deal, right?

Well, in the years to come, the Lord patiently taught me what that verse truly means – and come to think of it, it was through another verse in Proverbs that He helped me to clear up any and all confusion.

Out of the thirty-one chapters in the book of Proverbs, the sixteenth chapter would have to be my favorite. In fact, it rather expands on the idea presented in Psalm 37:4, and I deeply appreciated this insight as it further helped me to trust in the Lord the right way.

This is what the third verse says:

“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

THIS is the verse I desire for everyone to read if they are seeking guidance from the Lord. THIS is what taught me to rely not simply on what I desire in this life, but instead on how the Lord desires to bring those things to fruition.

He is faithful to hear every single request we will ever bring before Him. And when we are willing to leave those hopes and dreams in His loving hands, He will not fail to provide for us.

Thank you so much for reading today’s post! I hope that its insight can be just as much a help to you as it has been to me. ❤

— Maggie

18 Comments

  1. There are many ways to look a one single verse and I am happy that you were able to get clarity from the lord himself on what Psalms 37:4 actually means! Thank you for sharing, Maggie.

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  2. Amen, amen!!! I’m so glad you have talked about this. Since last year I’ve been wanting to write a post on this scripture because so many people do misunderstand, cling to it for comfort in answered prayers, and I’ve seen become disheartened when prayers are not answered. If I get down to that post, I am SO GOING to reference this one because that scripture in Proverbs, definitely helps clarifying!

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    1. I’ve thought about it for a long time – the verse that are commonly misinterpreted – and I was so happy to get to talk about one of them in this post! I was able to speak from experience because that very verse has confused me, so I was thankful to share the verse the Lord led me to that helped clear things up. ❤ You should definitely write that post!

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