– [Nancy Guthrie] When we come to Christ,
I think that we expect that God is going to change how we think and that being
joined to Christ is going to change how we behave. I think we don’t always
anticipate that being joined to Christ is going to change how we feel and even what
we want. One passage that helps me make sense of this is a very familiar passage,
Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s
desires,” or the “desires of your heart.” You know, how often have we heard
this verse used to basically say something like, “Okay, well, you know,
get close to God, and that’s when you can expect that He is going to fill your
desires, that you’re going to get what you really want.” And I don’t think
that’s what this verse means at all. I think it means that as we delight
ourselves in the Lord, and by that, we enjoy Him, we abide in Him,
we listen to Him speaking through His Word, and we talk to Him in
prayer. We share a life in Him because we delight in Him, that the result of that is
He gives us desires for our hearts. It’s not that He gives us what we desire.
He actually gives us new desires so that we find ourselves wanting more of Him.
We find ourselves actually wanting to be holy. We find ourselves wanting
to give ourselves in the world to the passions of His heart,
because He’s given us His very own desires.