“I delight to do thy will, O my God: Yea, thy law is within my heart.”
David was “a man after [God’s] own heart,” according to Acts 13:22. Therefore, his words should resonate with us if we want to be viewed the same way.
David not only committed Scripture to memory, but kept it within his heart. He tried to abide by it. He tried to live the words of God.
Moreover, David delighted to do God’s will. We all should, but many of us do not.
God’s will might not be for us to be rich and live comfortably which is likely our will.
1 Peter 3:17 says, “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.”
Would you delight in suffering if it is God’s will?
If you or your spouse loses their job, would you delight in it? When you are called to go to a foreign country to preach the Gospel to every creature? What if our government told us to shut our church doors? How about when terrorists tell you to renounce the Lord or die? When a loved one passes away?
Do you delight when a child dies? What if it is God’s will that you contract a terminal illness where suffering a prolonged and the pain is unbearable? How about an accident that leaves you quadriplegic, would you delight in that?
Joni Erickson Tada did it. She has reached thousands of people for the Lord, because of her tragedy, not in spite of it.
Will you delight in world war? Genocide? Food shortages? Pandemics? The collapse of the global economy? When your rights are trampled on? When you are imprisoned for your beliefs as Christians are in many other countries right now?
How many Christians today “suffer” just by telling a neighbor about Jesus? How many of us delight in sharing the Gospel? We know that is God’s will for us, according to Mark 16:15.
I fear we live in a time when fear has gripped the Church. Far too many Christians are living outside the will of God, and fewer still find delight in it.
Search your heart. Be honest with yourself. Do you have God’s word in your heart? Do you delight in His will, no matter the cost?
I think we could all be a little more like David today.