Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
– Psalm 37:4, NIV
Is there something you desire more than anything else? Or a dream that you have pondered for years, that you hope may one day come to pass? Or something you have been striving for that you hope will one day be attainable? What is it that you long for?
I find it very encouraging, and beautiful, that God knows all of our deepest desires. He knows us inside out – He knows every hair on our heads, He hears every little thought, He sees every hidden tear, He knows every desire. He is the reason for our existence, and He has a plan for our lives. So let us surrender our hearts into His hands, and talk openly with Him about every desire – big or small, secret or open, healthy or sinful – let us surrender it all to Him, and talk with Him about it. Let us be open to His voice, His leading, His challenge and conviction and inspiration. And let us surrender to Him our most life-consuming desire, whatever it is that is most meaningful and precious to us – let us lift it to Him in surrender.
“On our part there must be surrender to the Spirit of God, for His work it is to show us the Father and the Son.”
– A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, p48
When we offer our hearts to God in surrender, and pursue seeking Him and knowing Him and following Him with all that we are, He gradually transforms us and plants within us His own desires and His own priorities. It’s not that our hopes and dreams and desires are discarded – far from it – but that we begin to earnestly desire Him and His will, and He becomes our first love and our priority. Perhaps when we seek Him first, He will bless us with some of our other desires too.
Let us give our whole hearts to Him, and allow Him to shape our dreams and desires. Let us give into His hands the things we long for the most, the things we earnestly seek and dream about, the things we strive towards. He knows how we feel, and He loves it when we give ourselves to Him. May we be open to His touch, His voice, His leading and His inward transformation. This transformation of the heart is not immediate and nor is it quick, but it comes with time and devotion and prayer and loving commitment – a determination to seek and know God. May we surrender our hearts to Him, and may He bring about that holy change within us, so that everything within us pleases Him, and so that we desire and long for the same things that He does.
“We will know Him in increasing degree as our receptivity becomes more perfect by faith and love and practice. O God and Father, I repent of my sinful preoccupation with visible things. The world has been too much with me. Thou hast been here and I knew it not. I have been blind to Thy Presence. Open my eyes that I may behold Thee in and around me. For Christ’s sake. Amen.”
– Tozer, the Knowledge of the Holy, p54
“My unassisted heart is barren clay
That of its native self can nothing feed:
Of good and pious works Thou art the seed,
That quickens only where Thou say sayest it may:
Unless Thou show to us Thine own true way
No man can find it: Father! Thou must lead.”
– Michael Angelo