By Cally Robertson
As Elizabeth’s lovely and loving blogging community already knows, about a week before Christmas my boyfriend surprised me and proposed! I am thrilled to marry him and have really felt the Lord’s blessing over the past few weeks. The one verse that has really stuck out in my mind as a “wedding verse,” probably because of our former babysitter Amy Weddle Emhoff and my own mother, is Psalm 37:4.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
There is certainly a lot to be said about this simple verse, and I know that Marshall is an answer to many of my prayers and the prayers of my parents (his code name in my mom’s cell phone was ATP, Answer to Prayer, for weeks before I knew about the engagement!). What I find most interesting about this verse, however, is that there are two catches to how I want to interpret this. I have definitely read this verse as “Go to church and be a good person, and you will receive whatever you desire.” Yet the verse reads “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
The first thing we need to do is delight ourselves in the Lord. If that is a strange concept, I encourage you to ask the Lord how to delight yourself in Him. This is a continual process, whether you are believing and trusting the Lord for something in particular or you are thanking the Lord for an huge answer to prayer. The second thing to understand is that sometimes we do not even know the desires of our hearts. We need to be delighting in the Lord to even be able to comprehend what those are. My hopes for and vision of my life is continually changing, but the Lord is constant and He knows our true desires. He is in the business of blessing us, not depriving us.