Spiritual Desires

Good Monday Morning to this week 35 of 2019

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4 

The interpretation of the Bible has its many options,  variations, questions and methods.
You might have heard many of  the arguments, here a few:

• The Bible should be understood literally whenever possible.
• The customs and culture of the biblical world must be understood.
• Knowledge of the structure of a passage can be valuable for interpretation.
• Identical things must be distinguished from similar things.
• The word “all” can be used in a universal or limited sense.
• The Bible is full of small words with big meanings.
• Time, and time words, are essential to proper interpretation.
• It is important to understand biblical prophecy.
• It is necessary to distinguish between a believer’s permanent spiritual standing before God and his “walk.”

For example Psalm 37:4 many only see the second part, and then mention the first. , “He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Only seeing this you miss a lot: if you follow the first part of the verse, and take delight in the Lord, those desires of your heart are going to change to what God desires for you. Many go to this verse when they’re already desiring something badly. They think that if they just take the minimum required delight in the Lord and wait a bit, then bam! What they desire is delivered to them. … not really! . This verse could be saying much more,  that the more you delight yourself in the Lord, the more your heart reflects His.

Interlinear
Of your heart the desires you, He shall give Yahwe in, and delight yourself.

New International Version
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

New Living Translation
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

King James Bible
Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Contemporary English Version
Do what the LORD wants, and he will give you your heart’s desire.

Good News Translation
Seek your happiness in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desire.

NET Bible
Then you will take delight in the LORD, and he will answer your prayers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hope in Lord Jehovah and he will give you the requests of your heart.

GOD’S WORD® Translation
Be happy with the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD, And He shall give thee the petitions of thy heart.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Delight thyself in the Lord, and he shall grant thee the requests of thine heart.

Webster’s Bible Translation
Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he will give thee the desires of thy heart.

Young’s Literal Translation
And delight thyself on Jehovah, and He giveth to thee the petitions of thy heart.

Or some Cross References

Isaiah 58:14
Then you will delight yourself in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the land and feed you with the heritage of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Matthew 7:7
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Psalm 145:19
He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry and will save them.

John 15:7,16
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you…

Proclaiming the many deep truths, with the many angles of interpretations of this verse for your life and the week ahead!

A prayer:  “Lord, all my desire is before thee” (Ps 38.9); and I know You form the desires of my heart more like those of your heart! (Ps 37.4).

blessings
Philemon

 

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