Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
For they will wither quickly like the grass,
And fade like the green herb.
Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
I love these verses. But this week, as I was thinking about desires, and started digging into the words, I saw something that I hadn’t seen before.
First, the word “cultivate” grabbed my attention. In my Bible, there is a marginal note that says an alternate interpretation could be to feed securely on His faithfulness… Hmmm.
Every other time I’ve read this, it seemed that I was to cultivate faithfulness — to do all the work to make it grow. I just assumed that it was referring to my faithfulness, that I needed to work harder to be more faithful.
But if I substitute the alternate interpretation, it says, “Dwell in the land and feed securely on His faithfulness.”
And look back up at the the previous verse. Notice the contrast between the transience of the evildoers and the psalmist, who dwells in the land. Don’t fret and be anxious because of the evildoers. Don’t envy them and think they’ve got it good. Don’t be anxious because of them. They may be sporting big blooms today, but they will soon wither, like the grass.
But you! Now that’s a different story. You are to dwell in the land, put down roots, possess it. You have a future and a hope there. And you feed securely on the faithfulness of your God. Don’t fret.
Then look at the last verse — “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” I think I’ve been looking at this all wrong.
It has always sounded like I start with a desire. Then I delight myself in the LORD. And THEN He gives me that original desire. That’s always made me uncomfortable because I know that a lot of times my desires probably aren’t good for me. Scary to think that God would give me things I desire, if they aren’t what is best.
As I dug deeper into the words, I discovered that one of the primary meanings of “give” is to place. Now that was a lightbulb moment for me.
As I delight myself in Him, He will place desires into my heart. He will give me heart-desires. His desires for me. That I can rest in.
Have you seen the desires of your heart change as you grow in your delight of Him? What desires has He placed in your heart?
I love those