Your commandments are my delight

psalm 119--143

The Verse of the Day for November 15, 2017 makes reference to trouble and anguish, two inseparable traveling companions that so often overtake us, particularly in the midst the turbulent times in which we live.

Psalm 119:143 (Amplified Bible):

Trouble and anguish have found me, yet Your commandments are my delight and my joy.

Note this rendering when we add verse 144 to the New Living Translation:

Psalm 119:143-144:

143 As pressure and stress bear down on me,

I find joy in your commands.

144 Your laws are always right;

help me to understand them so I may live.

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 previous blog entry related to finding delight or taking pleasure in the Psalms, as we pointed to other places in Psalms 119 and elsewhere that echo this same sentiment:

Psalm 119:24:

Your laws please me; they give me wise advice.

Psalm 119:47:

How I delight in your commands! How I love them!

Psalm 94:18-19 provide yet another reminder that God is the source of our comfort and delight, rendered here in the Amplified Bible:

18 When I said, My foot is slipping, Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up.

19 In the multitude of my [anxious] thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!

Verse 19 is the inspiration for this scripture memory song:

In the Multitude of My Thoughts

In the multitude of my thoughts within me, Your comforts delight my soul.

You soothe my mind and strengthen the depths of my heart and soul.

I delight myself in the abundance of Your peace.

 

You are my God. I know You love me.

You are my God. You’ve set me free.

You are my God. You will never leave me.

You are my God. I long to be all you’ve called me to be.

 

In the multitude of my thoughts within me, Your comforts delight my soul.

Your comforts delight my soul.

Your comforts delight my soul.

Psalm 40:8 in the Amplified Bible also 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:

Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV)

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;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
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.

From time to time, we may lose 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.

Christy Nockels expresses the essence of this message with the song “My Delight is in You.”

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2 Responses to “Your commandments are my delight”

  1. ponderosapapa Says:

    I’m always amazed at the people who profess to be followers of Christ but have little to no interest in knowing what Christ thought on the pressing issues of the day. “If you love me you will obey what I command.” Jn 14:15 How can we do what He asks if we don’t even know what He is commanding us to do? I have hidden His word in my heart that I won’t sin against Him. All sin is a sin against the Father. Blessings and thanks for the post!

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