I delight to do your will

Psalm 40--8

The Verse of the Day for October 21, 2016 reveals a source of pleasure or delight:

Psalm 40:8 (NLT)

I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

“I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.”

Most remarkably, the Verse of the Day was among the scriptures used in yesterday’s “Quote of the Day” which talked about discovering and doing the will of God.

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind Psalm 37:4 (NLT) where the Psalmist encourages believers to take action, and there will be a corresponding action on God’s part.

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires

The expression to “take delight” or to “have pleasure in” brings to mind the first poem that I wrote, which turned out to be a rather accidental (providential) occurrence. In 1961 as a pre-pharmacy student at Purdue University, I was enrolled in a freshman composition class and recall that I was asked to write a response to this prompt: “May I Tell You What Delights Me?”  I made a list of items that brought me pleasure, and when I read what I had written to the class, my professor described it as poetry. Years later I realized that I had written a free-verse, catalogue poem, in the style of Walt Whitman. Near the top of the list of sources of delight for me was the Book of Psalms.

Just as we delight or take pleasure in God, our Father also delights or takes pleasure in His children. The Scriptures go on to speak of God’s “good pleasure,” an expression found in Ephesians 1:5 which is the inspiration for the following:

The Good Pleasure of His Will

Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself,

according to the good pleasure of His will,

Ephesians 1:5 [NKJV]

 

“The safest place in the whole wide world

 is in the perfect will of God.”

Contemporary Christian Song

 

God makes all things new in yet another new season,

In this place where our divine destinies intersect.

As we finish the work, what we lack, He will perfect,

Far beyond anything our mortal minds can reason.

To abide in God’s perfect will Jesus led the way.

In the garden, he said, not my will but yours be done,

Praying that as he and the Father, so might we be one

To reverse the curse of Adam who chose to disobey.

God’s desire is that we know joy without measure.

In fulfilling God’s will His presence is ever near.

Signs, wonders, and miracles happen when we are here

Where we prove His perfect will and know His good pleasure.

The will of God is a safe haven where we can hide:

In the good pleasure of His will we long to abide.

Esther Mui offers a musical rendering of “Adopted as Sons” based on Ephesians 1:3-6:

After fifty-five years, I still find great pleasure in the Psalms which continue to be a sources of absolute delight.

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