Psalm 37:4: Your heart’s desires He has placed there

 

Psalm 37--4

The Verse of the Day is taken from Psalm 37:4 in the Amplified Bible, but to appreciate the context of the verse more fully, take a look at the following verse as well:

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

Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

Each day I am learning to answer yes to God’s call to service, knowing this, according to the Amplified Bible:

“We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.”

That’s Romans 8:28, my all-time favorite verse in the entire Bible.

Paul reminds us, “Faithful is He who calls you, who will also do it.” Once again, the Psalmist also clearly offers a similar reminder in Psalm 112:1(AMP):

Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who fears (reveres and worships) the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.

My heart’s desire is to please God and that desire He has placed there. I express my heart’s desire toward God in this poem:

The Passion of My Heart

The passion of my heart is to fulfill the call,

To walk worthy of the vocation, to stand tall

Yet humbly in His presence, to ever succeed

And abound in God’s grace and to sow righteous seed

That bears fruit each season, wherever it may fall.

 

To serve God with a pure heart, untainted with gall,

May I never forget His goodness but recall

The Word of God spoken to give life and to feed

The passion of my heart.

 

May I walk in peace and live to tear down each wall;

May I know the touch that will quicken and enthrall.

Touched by God’s hand, my life now reveals such deep need.

I must do more than merely hear but must give heed

To the desire to please the Father with all

The passion of my heart.

 

1 Peter 5:10 in the Amplified Bible (AMP) offers this benediction:

10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.

Listen to this delightful version of Psalm 37:4 by Junko Nishiguchi Cheng from Saddleback Church in Southern California:

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