Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
So much of the modern world is set up around desire. Advertisers try to get us to desire things we never knew we wanted. Shops compete to sell us this things, often with discounts to make them even more desirable. When we can’t afford those things, credit cards will enable us to get them now (and pay later in easy instalments).
Train stations and airports have bookshops which will sell you self-help books, or guides promising to tell you how to get what you want. Motivational speakers will tell you how to be the best version of yourself you can be. How to attain your goals. How to, how to, how to…
This verse from Psalm 37 also promises the desires of your heart, but it goes about it from entirely the other direction. First, delight yourself in God and then he will give you the desires of your heart. The spiritual logic is this: as you delight yourself in God, you will find your desires becoming more godlike. As the Apostle Paul puts it: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2). The more you find delight in God, the more you desire to follow him and the more he gives you those desires. You come to desire the same thing as God.
So rather than self-help, look for God help. Rather than looking for self-fulfilment, look for God fulfillment. And then you will find your desires met.