“I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” ~ Psalm 40:8
If we ever wonder how we can be motivated to do the will of God, this verse explains it clearly. The delight, the pleasure, the eagerness to do the will of God arises from having His Word, His Law, The Holy Scriptures in our hearts. When we study God’s Word, we will desire to do His will, we will want to obey Him.
An equally beautiful “sister” verse is
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” ~ Psalm 119:11
It complements our text, in that it declares that having (hiding), storing, keeping the Word of God in our hearts keeps us from sin, which is just another way of saying it keeps us doing God’s will.
There we have it, the KEY to doing God’s will, the KEY to avoiding sin, is studying, memorizing, meditating, contemplating God’s Word. The question is, “Will we do it?”
Unlike others, Believers have an unfailing light to guide our steps in this dark world we live in:
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” ~ Psalm 119:105
We CAN know the way to go, we CAN know what path to take, IF, and only IF, we will use the light God has given us.
Moreover, the narrow way the believer follows CAN be joyful, a delight, IF, and only IF, we will commit ourselves to knowing God’s WORD.
- “Are you feeling confused?” …Study God’s Word, and keep on studying God’s Word.
- “Have you lost your zeal, your passion, for the Kingdom of God?” …Study God’s Word, and keep on studying God’s Word.
- “Do you want to know what path to take?” …Study God’s Word, and keep on studying God’s Word.
- “Do you want to overcome sin?” …Study God’s Word, and keep on studying God’s Word.
When the devil wanted to trick Eve into sinning, the first thing he did was to challenge the veracity/truthfulness of God’s Word. Eve took her focus from God’s Word, and focused on the fruit instead… and thereby fell into sin.
Let us not make the same mistake. Let us keep our focus squarely and continually on the Word of God. Let us not be deceived by the opinions of men, or the lures of the devil. Let us affix the Word of God in our hearts, so that we can be rooted, steadfast, in His Will.
What a DELIGHT!