As little girls we sang the song A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes along with Cinderella. We had full faith in the part that said “Have faith in your dreams, and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true. ” Something happened as we got older. The dreams that we were wishing were not necessarily coming true. Why not? Although it is a beautiful song, with beautiful sentiment, it’s saying the wrong thing about faith. The song tells us to have faith in our dream, but the Bible tells us to have faith in God. The song tells us that if we keep on believing in our dreams long enough, they will come true. I know from personal experience that just because I believe something for a long time doesn’t mean that it will happen – I’ve dreamed of being a size 4 for years! But I do want to dream, and I do want my dreams to come true! Is this possible? Yes! God has placed desires in our hearts, and He wants to fulfill them.
A portion of scripture that has always spoken to me about fulfilled dreams is Psalm 37:4.
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
This little verse is nestled among several verses that will give us a good idea of what it takes to have our dreams come true!
1 A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. (Psalms 37:1-7 KJV)
Looking at this portion of scripture, the part that always jumps out at me is that the Lord wants to give me the desires of my heart! I’ve also come to realize that He not only fulfills the desires of our hearts (our dreams), He gives them to us in the sense that He directly places the desires in our hearts, so that He can fulfill them and we can find our satisfaction and wholeness in Him. That is so exciting to me!
The difficult part is sorting out which are the dreams that He has given me that will bear fruit, and which are vain imaginations on my part, which are things that may make me temporarily happy, but will not be of any consequence to the Kingdom of God, which are things that will distract me from God’s true purpose as I try to attain something which God never had for me, and which are the desires that He has genuinely placed in my heart so that He can fulfill them. I believe some of the answers to having fruitful dreams are found in Psalm 37:1-7. When we truly know how to DREAM B.I.G., then we will no longer waste our time with fruitless dreams and needless disappointments.
Discern the voice of the Lord
Receive what He has for us
Allow Him the right of way
Minister to others through what He has given you.
Discern the Voice of the Lord
As we first begin to search our hearts for what God has placed in us, it is necessary that we discern His voice. It is urgent that we not only hear His voice, but that we recognize His voice.
Psalm 37 begins with an admonition for us:
1Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Psalm 37:1-2
We are told “fret not”. The verse does not discount the fact that there is evil going on, but it tells us that “evildoers” and “workers of iniquity” should be of no consequence to us, mainly because of the fact that God already has plans for those folks! Many times I believe we are distracted from hearing the voice of God because we are focusing on everything but God. We are so busy worrying about our circumstances, that we simply miss His voice. We don’t even hear it at all.
Rest and Wait (and PS, “fret not”)
So, let’s say we stop “fretting ourselves” how do we actually begin to hear what may be God’s voice? Let’s look at Psalm 37:7
7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
How do we recognize His voice among the many voices (translate: responsibilities, obligations, habits, opinions) that call to us on a daily basis? This scripture tell us that we must “rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” The word “rest” in this particular scripture means to be silent or still. It is necessary for us to simply be quiet and be still with the purpose of hearing from God. If you’ve ever tried to have a personal, private, intimate conversation in the middle of a crowd, you will understand the necessity of quiet in having meaningful communication. God is simply saying “Can we go somewhere that’s a little quieter?” I encourage you to turn away from your busy-ness and go somewhere a little quieter with God.
Another important part of this is “wait patiently.” It may be excruciating to wait for God’s timing in many of our situations. You may be tempted to tap your toe, twitch, writhe and jump around with anxiety – but we are told to “wait patiently” as we are resting, being quiet, and being still before Him. His timing is always perfect.
PS – we are told “fret not” again – just in case we forgot!
This Psalm was written by David, God’s “Shepherd King”. As in many of the psalms, there is some imagery associated with sheep in the fields. Psalm 37:3 tells us
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
The imagery here is of lambs dwelling in safety and being led and fed by the shepherd.
In the new testament, Jesus is our Shepherd King. In John 10:27 Jesus Himself says that His sheep will recognize His voice.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:27
If we are truly a follower of Jesus, we are given the ability to know His voice and to follow Him. As children of the New Covenant, our food is to be the Word of God. With Jesus as our Shepherd, we can hear His voice and feed on the Word.
This scripture tells us that “verily thou shalt be fed.” The word “verily” in this verse implies a faithful steadfastness and steadiness. I’m so glad that I will be faithfully and steadily fed with the good things that my Shepherd has for me.
I’m a Believer!