Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."
As a mom, I can really relate to this verse. There’s nothing I love more than bringing joy to my kids and giving them the desires of their heart. The problem is that I’ve noticed that the more I get them treats, prizes, rewards, gifts, or outings; the more dis-satisified, peevish, complaining, demanding, ungrateful, and selfish they become.
I went to the Lord in my frustration about this and I ended up having to repent. The verse above is true and we are not wrong in being like God. However, the part I was misunderstanding was the last word "heart." See, God is Spirit and when He speaks it is from the spiritual kingdom mindset. He does not promise us the desires of our "flesh"; the things we want and hope for that pertain to this natural kingdom, no matter how good or noble they are. That dream home in the country is not the true desire of my "heart" or of my "spiritual man" but of my "natural man." I had the two confused.
In trying to give my children "joy," I was offering them temporary happiness from things in the natural kingdom. God knows the only thing that satisfies our spirit is Him alone and walking in the fullness of His spirit with joy and peace; resting from our struggle with our natural man or flesh nature.
King David had it right. He didn’t ask for wisdom like Solomon or a miraculous prophetic ministry like Elisha did. Sure, these sound great but they brought death to many people (if you read the rest of their story). No, David said "one thing do I desire…to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life." That house is Christ himself. Crucified, buried, and risen - and us with Him.
Oh, if we could but truly grasp this truth - the essence of the "good news" and understand that we are even now in this Eden, this promised land, this Sabbath - in Him. This is mankind’s true heart’s desire.
"Why spend money on what is not bread and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me and eat what is good and your soul will delight in the richest of fare." Isaiah 55:2.