November 4, 2012

Delight in the Will of God – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart,” (Psalm 40:8)

This worshipful statement of David not only expresses his own devotion but is actually also a Messianic prophecy, fulfilled completely only in Christ. As Messiah Jesus said this. David foresaw that he would say,

“My meat is to do the will of him that sent me,” (John 4:34)

“I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me;” (John 6:38)

“The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me,” (John 10:25).

“BEHOLD, I HAVE COME (IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.’” (Hebrews 10:5, 7).

His heart was attuned perfectly to the will of God because God’s law was written in it.

“…written not with ink but with the Spirit of  the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (1 Corinthians 3:3)

“Not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

When we begin to understand who God is (His infinite wisdom and power) it is certainly appropriate to make the revealed will of God our will and our greatest delight. We are saved by grace, but this is not to deliver us from the burdensome constraints of God’s holy law. With His law enthroned in our hearts these acts of service become a delight. Jeremiah foresaw this quality of the coming new testament. He said,

“THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM,” (Hebrews 10:16).

Then we learn, like the psalmist, not to resist His will, but to love His will and to delight in His law.

“O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day…

Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight,” (Psalm 119:97, 111, 174).

Adapted by Don Patton from an article by Henry Morris

 

 

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