What You Want, You May Not Need
Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37: 4 NKJV
To delight in the Lord is to enjoy the Lord, to feel the joy of the Lord. This joy involves trusting, enjoying, committing, and resting in a consciousness of His presence, thus acknowledging Him as the real source of your joy. Joy is a feeling that accompanies the expectation, acquisition, and possession of the things you desire. God promised to give you the desires of your heart—not what you want, but you need (Phil. 4:19).
Is there a difference between a need and a want? God promised to supply all your need, not all your wants. There has to be a significant difference. Obviously, a need is something necessary, essential, something required for survival. But on the hand, seems to me that, a want is something you wish for or desire to possess. For example, food is a need, but you may want to eat steak and lobster, when rice and beans will satisfy your hunger. And, once that need is met, you will be sustained; but your want for steak and lobster would entertain the lust of your flesh and eyes (1 John 2:16).
God promised to give you the desires of your heart, but how do you get the desires of your heart? Jesus taught that you ask, seek, and knock and it shall be given (Matt. 7:7). But are the desires of your heart needs or wants? Remember, he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit (1 Cor. 6:17). To be “joined” is to be cleaved to and glued to the Lord. Since God chose you before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), He also foresaw and made provisions for your needs to be supplied. Therefore, accordingly, the righteous desires of your heart, in your oneness with the Lord, are needs, not wants. God knows the things that you have need of before you ask (Matt. 6:8, 32).
If the desires of your heart—things that are needful and necessary—aren’t being supplied, is it because you’re not delighting yourself in the Lord, or is it because you have not because you ask not (Jas. 4:2-3). Notwithstanding, don’t confuse wants with needs, to do so is deferring your hope and expectation (Prov. 13:12). When your hope is deferred, it causes disappointment; and, disappointment leads to discouragement; and discouragement leads to disillusionment; and disillusionment leads to distress; and distress leads to stress; and stress leads to sickness. What you want, you may not need!