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I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Ė Psalm 40:8

 

†††† In a world that competes for our attention where does the Lord stand?There are many things that can claim our attention at any time.On a daily basis where do our priorities lie?In terms of our relationship where is God?In Psalm 40 we have the words of David describing his relationship with God.In the first three verses we find David in the midst of a crisis in which he is seeking deliverance from his situation.David was known as ďa man after Godís own heartĒ this was not something that he became after time he was that way even from his youth.Even though David did not always walk uprightly before God his basic desire was to follow God.When David was confronted by Nathan the prophet he was asked this question: ďThus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8And I gave thee thy masterís house, and thy masterís wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 9Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? Ė 2 Samuel 12:7-9.Out of all that God had given him he would have given David more all he had to do was ask.This word delight means to find or take pleasure in.Somewhere in between these two occasions in Davidís life is where most of us live.I think the key to choosing one versus the other is understanding what the Lord is looking for.In Psalm 40 verse eight it talks about David finding pleasure in Godís will.This word means pleasure or delight.It is what gives the Lord pleasure or delight.On the one hand we have David seeking what he delights in and that thing is the will of God.God finds pleasure in those in find pleasure in Him.How are we to discover this?We are to find Godís will in His word or the law.God gave the Law of Moses that the children of Israel might know Him.Originally it was written on tablets of stone but David says that the law is written in his heart.In the opening verses of chapter 40 we see David praising God for his answered prayer and deliverance from the pit and the miry clay in which he was in.He now has a song of praise in his heart, which he sings because he recognizes the goodness of the Lord.Upon more reflection he realizes that trusting in the Lord brings blessings rather than trusting in men who will and can sometimes fail.How wonderful to know how many wondrous things God has done and His blessings towards David are to numerous to count.It is when David realizes what God wants that he dedicates himself anew to God.The phrase ĎHe has opened my ears, can refer to a servant who in voluntary service to his master allows his ear to be pierced with an awl as a sign of that service or to have his ears open to what the Lord is saying.God wants us to serve Him and do our duty towards Him but it comes because He has our heart.The Psalmist also said in chapter ďThy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.Ē Ė Psalm 119:11

 

H. Scott Latimer