Through a relationship with Christ, we can discover the desires of our heart. Sometimes we don’t even know what the desires of our heart are because we have covered them up for so long. But, Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” That’s the key. If we delight in the Lord, we can follow the desires of our heart. Now, the word delight there literally means to enjoy. When we enjoy someone, we spend time with them. So if we spend time with God and put Him first in our life and enjoy Him, then we can follow the desires of our heart.
If we delight in something more than God – then we’d better not follow the desires of our heart because they are skewed without Him. It will mislead and misguide us. Jeremiah 17:9 puts it this way: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.” You see, our desires can be deceitful because we are born with this genetic heart problem called sin. We try to cure it and do everything we can to make it look good on the outside – we clean up real nicely, we try to impress people, we try to act like we have cured hearts and we have it all together – but on the inside, we still have a heart problem.
When we become a believer, God doesn’t just do bypass surgery on us. There is no cure for this genetic heart problem of sin. He gives us a heart transplant because that’s the only way to cure us. Christ came to this earth and died so that we could have a new heart, a heart that longs for Him. We are given a heart that, over time, will find satisfaction in Him, and Him alone.