Recently my wife and daughter and I were reading Psalm 37. When we came to the fourth verse—“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart”—I asked if this was true for me.
I am crippled by Lou Gherig’s disease, ALS, which is a progressive and fatal neurological illness. In the eight years I’ve had ALS, it’s taken my voice and robbed me of the use of my limbs. It also forced us out of our lovely home.
Is the promise of fulfilled desires true for me and for the millions of other believers who have had their plans and dreams shattered?
Yes, it’s true—exceedingly so.
I desire a healthy body, and He promises me a body that is powerful, incorruptible, glorious, and spiritual.
I desire a home that is beautiful and spacious, and He is preparing such a home for me in a city whose builder is God.
I desire a world without crime, lies, or violence, and He promises me a world where righteousness dwells.
I desire to be with those I love, and He promises that I will be caught up together with them forever.
I desire an end to my sorrow, and He promises me fullness of joy in His presence.
I desire a heart so filled with love that there is no room for sin, and He promises to make me like Jesus when I am in heaven.
I desire a ministry, and He promises I will serve Him eternally.
I desire a voice with which to praise Him,
and He promises I will sing before His throne.
Most of all, I desire to see Him, and He promises
I will always behold His face.
He will keep His promise to give me the
desires of my heart.