Reflections on the Lessons of the One Year Bible.

Psalm 20:1-9. “May God grants you your heart’s desire and make all your plans succeed.” On occasion folks will come to me because they were feeling stuck. They were not convinced that what they were doing in life what they should be doing, and while they wanted to do God’s will, they had no idea what that looked like. I would try to help them by asking them to take the question of discerning God’s will off of the table and instead ask about their heart’s desire. I have found that people who are serious about discovering God’s will for their lives do so because God has already been working on their hearts. So often when they discover what their heart ‘s desire is, they also discover God’s will because He placed it there to begin with. That is why the Psalmist could pray for God to give you your heart’s desire. The one time this thinking seemed to backfire on me was when I was speaking to a text book illustrator. When I asked his heart’s desire, he said that he had always wanted to design nuclear submarines. When he said that I thought to myself, “Oh well, you can’t get a hit every time at bat.” Many years later we caught up with each other and he told me that the Navy was expressing great interest in his innovative propeller design for their subs. God was giving him his heart’s desire. So be bold and pray as the Psalmist and then hold on to your hat.

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