“I desire to do Your will, My God; Your law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8
The above verse is the highlighted verse on Bible Gateway.com today. It is a popular verse but, as I read it, it opened itself to me in a new way. It was almost as if David himself was reading it to me. Psalm 40 was written as a song of thanks, a way for the on-the-run David to express his gratitude and swear his devotion to God. At the end of the psalm, he is back into fear and anxiety mode, ending the psalm with supplications for protection and help.
The word “desire” jumped off the page today, its meaning is “to long or hope for.” To have a longing or hoping for holds a deeper connotation than a simple “want.” I want a yellow sports car with a convertible top, preferably a jaguar but, in reality, I doubt that I will ever ride in one, much less own it. A few of my desires are to serve the Lord, to love my husband completely, and to be faithful as a Mom/Grammie. These things I desire are the MOST important things in my life and I would do almost anything to fulfill those roles. But, just as I fail to love Rick unselfishly and err as a Mom/Grammie, I don’t ALWAYS do the will of God.
I KNOW what the scriptures say about God’s will for my life as a child of God, just as David knew the law of God. Just as He was taught the law from childhood, I’ve been taught His will and deeply desire to do it. We have no excuse but we have something David didn’t have; we live under God’s grace. How blessed we are to be able to go directly to the Lord’s throne, “it is through Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12
“It’s my desire to do Your will,
To bear my cross up the rugged hill.
It’s my desire to give You my life,
So when it’s done, I’ll be at Your side.”
(lyrics by James Cleveland)
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