How often do we take Psalm 20:4 out of context to validate our expectation for a particular outcome to be sanctioned by God? After all, the verse says, “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”  Sounds great.

However, This verse is tucked away in the middle of a prayer for/by King David just before going into battle. Chapter 20 includes a confession of God’s saving power and  trust in the Lord rather than their horses and chariots. It ends with a plea to “answer us when we call!” They are preparing for war, not looking for some trivial toy.

In Biblical language, the heart is the center of the human spirit, from which emotions, thought, motivations, courage and actions arise. But our hearts are sick, broken, iniquitous. We settle for dreams of a new car, a diamond ring, a quiet dinner out—while we reject the greatest gift, the ONE our hearts desire.

The Prosperity Gospel is a deadly substitute for God’s good news. He sent Jesus to redeem us from our brokenness and wants to hold us in the strong arms of relationship. Don’t be distracted by the glitz and miss His love this Christmas season.

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