korkykemp_headshotHow would you answer the question, “What’s at the center of your life?” In this short devotional post, Korky Kemp challenges you to think about what the desires of your heart really are and shares with us how asking himself this same question pointed him to the Savior.


“May he give you the desire of your heart and make your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4

I remember playing in a golf outing where a round washer ball mark, in the shape of a flat O, was given out that had the words, “What is at the center of your life?” written on it.

That morning before the golf event, I read the words written by David in Psalm 20, “May he give you the desire of your heart and make your plans succeed.”  Naturally, as I looked at the washer and contemplated Psalm 20:4, I asked myself what is the desire of my heart?  Various thoughts came to mind regarding the desire of my heart…things like golf success, financial security, family and popularity.  But the fleeting nature of these items seemed much too frivolous for them to qualify as the legitimate “desire of my heart.”

After thinking through what the desire of my heart is, I came to the conclusion that Jesus is the only worthy desire.  In 2012, my wife’s father passed away and went to be with the Lord.  Any earthly desire that he held dear during his lifetime ended up like castles in the sand.  His death reminded me that life is short and eternity is long, so I need to invest my time wisely.

Acts 13:36 describes a life well-lived with the words:

“For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep.”

King David did not live a perfect life, yet he was called a man after God’s own heart.  David served God’s purpose with his life.  Any deep affection short of a God sized desire wanes in comparison to what our true purpose in life should be.

If God gave me all the various desires of my life through the years, I would probably be an extremely cocky, arrogant person.  My heart, cleansed by the blood of Christ, yet still influenced by my sinful nature, often desires selfish gain.  On a good day though, my heart desires Jesus.  The desire of my heart is to know Jesus and to make him known.   Hopefully the combination of desiring God first and serving his purpose in our generation will keep us from wasting our life on selfish gain.

Contemplate this question: If God gave you the desire of your heart, what would that look like?

This post is based on Korky Kemp’s August 2012 LinksPlayers Devotional.

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