Delight in God’s Will

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

David spoke in Psalm about God being his help and his deliverer. He waited patiently for the Lord to help him out of trouble. The Lord drew him out of the pit of trouble and placed a song in his mouth to sing. “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie” (Psalm 40:4)! David knew that God did not take delight in burnt offerings. He spoke of taking pleasure in doing the will of God. David kept the laws and precepts of God, hidden in his heart, so that he could walk in his will.

Knowing the word helps us to know the will of God. The enemy cannot temp us with false doctrines and erroneous teachings, when we know what the bible says. Jesus responded to satan when he was tempted, using the word. “But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”” (Matthew 4:4). We can test the perfect will of God against what the scripture says. One of the main ways to hear from God is through his word. We can know the will of God when we can listen, hear and respond to his voice.

David not only wanted to hear God and know what his will was, but David said that he took pleasure in doing it. How can we take pleasure in doing the will of God, even when his will does not always seem pleasant? We can take delight in knowing, that there are rewards to living in the will of God. Some of the rewards for us transcends this earth. There are also benefits that we will gain in this lifetime. God knows the end from the beginning and he knows how we will benefit, when we walk in his will.

We can take delight in knowing that if it is the will of God, then it will work out for our good. “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).


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