Psalm 37:4 (ESV)
4Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Judges 7:15–16 (ESV)
15As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the Lordhas given the host of Midian into your hand.”
16And he divided the 300 men into three companies and put trumpets into the hands of all of them and empty jars, with torches inside the jars.
Everyone who believes God exists wants to know what He knows and what He wants. This does not mean everyone will do what God wants done, but everyone would like to at least know what God would do so they can make there own decision. This is where the process of understanding God’s will breaks down.
Psalm 37:4 tells us God will give us the desires of our heart when we delight in Him. This verse does not promise to give us our heart’s desire when we are far from God. The prerequisite is that we delight in the Lord. Said more simply, when we delight in the Lord, when we worship Him, His desires become our desires. When we are worshipers, we know what to do.
Gideon is an example of this. He worships when he hears that God has already gone before him to place fear in the hearts of the Midianites through a dream. This worship is immediately followed by Gideon’s crazy plan for his 300 man attack on the 100,000+ army of Midian. It’s only when Gideon worships that he knows how to join God in His activity of defeating the oppressive Midianites.
Until we come to the place of worship, of loving God with our entire beings, we cannot know He wants us to do. Many who claim to follow Jesus are trying to fight a huge army of oppression with no thought of how God wants them to go about it. They are losing the battle because they fail to worship Jesus.
Withholding worship is a losing proposition for believers. When worship is withheld we become disoriented to God and His wisdom, His plan of attack. If you are struggling to know what to do against overwhelming odds, start with worship. Are you able to worship with a grateful heart for all that God has done? Or, are you hesitant to worship? Are you reluctant to praise Him? Is there dissatisfaction with God?
Worship recognizes the greatness of God in every situation. There are still battles left to fight. The world is still unsafe. But God is going before us and He invites us to join Him. Worship Him today in every activity and let His desires become yours.