WILL GOD GIVE US WHAT WE WANT?
Ps 37:4-7

NASB
4 Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

INTRODUCTION
A few weeks ago i had lunch with a Pentecostal pastor and his' wife. In the course of our conversation we talked about a couple and a church they had attended in another location. He said "oh yes that is one of those "word churches". I said "I don't know if I have ever heard of a church called a "Word Church" (I thought to myself unless it is just a Baptist Church)."

He then said it is one of those "Blab and Grab" churches. I asked him to repeat the term he used. He said "you know Blab and Grab." I asked if it was anything like the "Name it and Claim it" theology. " He said "the same thing".

Today I want to consider the thought "will God give us what we want." Turn to the text and follow as we present this message.

WILL GOD GIVE US WHAT WE WANT?

1. Yes as We Receive our . . Delights from the LORD.
2. Yes as We Receive our . . Desires from the LORD.
3. Yes as We Receive our . . Deliveries from the LORD.
 
 

1. Yes as We Receive Our. . Delights from the LORD.
v 4 a & 5 a

4 Delight yourself in the LORD;
5 Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him,

A Delight . . has reference to our Finances. Job 22:25-27
25 Then the Almighty will be your gold and choice silver to you.
26 For then you will delight in the Almighty, and lift up your face to God.
27 You will pray to Him, and He will hear you; and you will pay your vows.

B. Delight . . has reference to our Prayer Life. Job 27:10
10 Will he take delight in the Almighty, will he call on God at all times?

C. Delight . . has reference to our . . Humility. Ps 37:11
11 But the humble will inherit the land, and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity. (NAS)

D. Delight has reference to the . . Lord's Day. Isa 58:13-14
13 If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your {own} pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy {day} of the LORD honorable, and shall honor it, desisting from your {own} ways, from seeking your {own} pleasure, and speaking {your own} word,
14 Then you will take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; and I will feed you {with} the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (NAS)

E. Delight has reference to our . . Commitment. Psa 37:5 a
v 5 a "Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, "

ILLUSTRATION

Gladys Talbot tells the story of three little trees who wanted to be something in life. The first tree wanted to be a pretty cradle when it grew up. One day some people came to the forest and cut the tree down. The tree was hewn into rough pieces and carelessly put together to form a manger in a stable in Bethlehem.

The little tree was disappointed because it was shoved into a dark cave with no one to see it but some cattle. One day however, God laid there His own Babe -- the Son of God. the manger quivered with delight. "Oh, this is wonderful! In all my dreams I never thought to hold a Baby like this. This is better than all my planning. Why, I am part of a miracle!"

Years passed by, and men came to the forest to cut down the second tree. This tree aspired to be a great ship when it grew up. But the little tree did not do great things. It was not made into a great vessel, but instead it became a tiny fishing boat, owned by a simple Galilean fisherman named Peter. The little boat was most unhappy. One day it stood by the shores of the Sea of Galilee dejected and disappointed. A crowd had gathered by the shore and because of the multitude, a Man, called Jesus, stepped into the little boat and taught the people from it. "This is wonderful!" it whispered. "In all my dreams and planning I never thought I would be used as part of a miracle."

After some months, men came to the forest to cut down the third tree. This tree just wanted to remain on the hillside and point to God. But men did not leave the little tree alone. They tore away its branches; they cut into its bark, and deeper, into its very heart. They hewed it apart and put it together again, in the form of a crude cross. The little tree quivered through all its being. "This is terrible!" it whispered. "They are going to hang someone. Oh, I never wanted this to happen to me -- I only wanted to point to God! This is awful!"

One day, outside of Jerusalem, a great crowd gathered. In the midst of the crowd was Jesus and beside Him was the cross. After nailing Him to the cross, the little tree heard words of forgiveness and peace that were offered to the whole world. Then Christ completed His work of redemption and "gave up the ghost."

And the cross began to understand! "This is wonderful!" it whispered. "In all my dreams I never thought to point to God in this way. I am part of a miracle. This is better than all my planning."

Stories I Love to Tell, Chicago: Moody Press

APPLICATION

WILL GOD GIVE US WHAT WE WANT?

Yes as We Receive . . Our Delights from the LORD.
 
 

2. Yes as We Receive Our . . Desires from the LORD. v 4 b - 5 a 
v 4 b ". . . and He will give you the desires of yourheart. "
 

A. Desires Of a . . Changed Heart.

1. Get Your "Want Too" changed.

The Hebrew word for Delight

4862 (KJV) Used twice in Old Testament. Ps 20:5 We will sing for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.

B. Desires of a . . Committed Heart. v 5 a". . . Commit your way to the LORD,. . . "

The Hebrew word for Commit 1556 galal (gaw-lalÆ); a primitive root; to roll (literally or figuratively): KJV commit, remove, roll (away, down, together), run down,..

ILLUSTRATION

In the Spring our family was driving from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa, Florida. As far as the eye could see, orange trees were loaded with fruit. When we stopped for breakfast, I ordered orange juice with my eggs. "I'm sorry," the waitress said. "I can't bring you orange juice. Our machine is broken."

At first I was dumbfounded. We were surrounded by millions of oranges, and I knew they had oranges in the kitchen -- orange slices garnished our plates. What was the problem? No juice? Hardly. We were surrounded by thousands of gallons of juice. The problem: they had become dependent on a machine to get it.

Christians are sometimes like that. They may be surrounded by Bibles in their homes, but if something should happen to the Sunday morning preaching service, they would have no nourishment for their souls.

The problem is not a lack of spiritual food -- but that many Christians haven't grown enough to know how to get it for themselves. Leroy Eims', The Lost Art of Disciple-Making

APPLICATION

WILL GOD GIVE US WHAT WE WANT?

Yes as We Receive . . Our Desires from the LORD.
 

3. Yes as We Receive Our. . Deliveries from the LORD. v 5 b - 7 

v 5 b ". . . and He will do it. 6 And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

A. He will Deliver according to your . . Righteousness. v 5 b - 6

B. He will Deliver according to your . . Rest In Him. v 7 a

C. He will Deliver according to your . . Reliance In Him. v 7 b

ILLUSTRATION

I heard of a missionary who did not receive her monthly check. She was seriously ill and because of no money had to live on oatmeal and canned milk. She received her check thirty days later.

After mentioning this incident while on furlough a doctor asked the nature of her illness. She described the intestinal digestive trouble she had been having and the doctor said, "If your check had arrived on time and you had been eating your current diet you would now be dead, because the best treatment for your illness was a thirty- day oatmeal diet."

You know, our problem is that we do not wait upon the Lord. We forget that it's through faith and patience that we obtain God's promises.

APPLICATION

WILL GOD GIVE US WHAT WE WANT?

1. Yes as We Receive our Delights from the LORD.

2. Yes as We Receive our Desires from the LORD.

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