The Verse of the Day for November 15, 2015 makes reference to trouble and anguish, two inseparable companions that so often overtake us, particularly in the midst the turbulent times in which we live.
Trouble and anguish have overtaken me,
Yet Your commandments are my delights.
Despite the most intense pressures that come with the perils that we face each day, ultimately, we can say along with the Psalmist that the Word of God brings us delight. A recent blog entry related to my delighting in the Psalms, as I pointed to other places in Psalms 119 and elsewhere that echo this same sentiment:
Your laws please me; they give me wise advice.
How I delight in your commands! How I love them!
Psalm 40:8 in the Amplified Bible makes this statement:
I delight to do Your will, O my God; yes, Your law is within my heart.
In Psalm 1, the first passage of scripture that ever I committed to memory as a pre-teen, we find this striking portrait:
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
|Psalm 94:18-19 (AMP) provide yet another reminder of our source of comfort and delight:
Verse 19 is the inspiration behind this Scripture Memory song:
From time to time, we may lose our focus and become anxious regarding our ever-fluctuating circumstances. During times of uncertainty when our feet seem to slip, and we are about to lose our grip, we can turn our thoughts toward the promises of God, assured that just as He has been with us through the stormy trials of the past, so He will be with us now. Along with the Psalmist, we take comfort in this knowledge which delights our souls so much.
Christy Nockels expresses the essence of this message with the song “My Delight is in You.”