Your Heart’s Desire
“4May He grant you according to your heart’s desire. And fulfill all your purpose.” Psalm 20:4
Have you ever had anyone ask you, “I want to know the will of God for my life. Do you know how to find what God’s will is for me?” Do you ever ask that same question to yourself? Maybe you have been thinking about a career change, a move, having more children, or entering the mission field. You desperately want to stay in the Lord’s will whatever decision you make and you don’t want to make a life changing mistake. How can we discern the will of the Lord especially in those times of difficult decisions?
Psalm 20 verses 1 through 4 is a prayer of God’s people for their king-general, David. They are praying that the Lord would grant David everything according to his heart’s desire to fulfill his purpose. This psalm was written after David recaptured the ark and installed it in the tabernacle on Mount Zion. David had been doing the will of the Lord and continued to be successful in his military campaign. When you study David’s actions at this time of his life, it is clear that David was following the Lord closely. David was praying, reading scripture, and listening to God’s prophets. Therefore, the people were asking for the Lord to give David his heart’s desire.
If you want to know the will of God, then you should be praying, reading your bible, and following the Lord closely. Then the will of the Lord will become what your heart’s desire is because you will be so “in tune” with the Lord and His will. 1Thessalonians 5:18 says “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” As the Lord gives us our heart’s desire, then His will is for us to give thanks to Him since we know that “17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17.
I remember when my wife and I felt a strong desire to move out of our house in Corona a few years ago. We were excited but scared. We wanted confirmation from the Lord that this is what His will was for our life. We continued to feel more and more confident that the Lord wanted us to move. We knew it would be difficult, but we wanted to be obedient. We looked at many houses and were extremely discouraged by the lack of options we had within our budget. We decided to put it on hold. The desire was rekindled six months later when we found a house we loved in Yucaipa. However, the Lord closed the door on that house. Crestfallen, we wanted to give up the search, but we still had a desire to move. After another closed door on a house in Riverside a few months later, we found the house we ended up moving into. We had confirmation from the Lord so quickly for this house and it was amazing on how it all came together. Even though we were discouraged at times, we were praying, reading the bible, and seeking the Lord. Therefore, we knew that He would give us our heart’s desire to move into a new house. We also knew that the house He picked would be the right decision for our family.
I pray, just as God’s people did for David, that the Lord will grant you your heart’s desire to fulfill your purpose. Continue to pray, read your bible, and stay within the will of the Lord. God bless you.
Fellow Bondservant in Christ - Daryl Kas