Posts Tagged ‘The Will of God’

I delight to do your will

October 21, 2016

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.

The ways of God: The ways of man

October 5, 2016

Isaiah 55--7-8

The Verse of the Day for October 5, 2016 is found in Isaiah 55:5-6, but to round out the context, verses 7-9 are added:

Isaiah 55:5-9 (MSG)

Seek God while he’s here to be found,
pray to him while he’s close at hand.
Let the wicked abandon their way of life
and the evil their way of thinking.
Let them come back to God, who is merciful,
come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness.

8-11 “I don’t think the way you think.
The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
God’s Decree.
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
and the way I think is beyond the way you think.

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.  7 Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.  8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.  9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

These verses point out the distinction between the thoughts and ways of God and the thoughts and ways of people. In previous blog entries, I discuss the term “way” which in the Old Testament is translated from the Hebrew word derek, meaning “way, road, path, distance, journey, manner.” It is also referred to as direction, manner, habit, way of life, a course of life or mode of action, and a lifestyle. We speak of the expression “the ways of God” and “the ways of man.”

There is a notable contrast between the “ways of God” and the “ways of man.” 2 Samuel 22:31 and Psalm 18:30 provide the same rendering in the New King Version:

As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

Jeremiah 10:23 provides this reminder:

O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.

The Prophet Isaiah also makes known:  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way;

The difference is striking, indeed. The ways of God are righteous altogether; whereas the way of man are wicked and unrighteous.

Another verse from the Old Testament also points out  one of God’s promises to His people:

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT):

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

The Verse of the Day from Isaiah 55 encourages the people of God to turn from their own unrighteous ways and follow the ways of God who is rich in mercy and who will abundantly pardon.

In one of a series of posts on the will of God, I spoke of the will of God as path that believers should ever seek to follow. To follow the will of God is to decide which path we are going to take. Many times it is easier to follow our own path and seek our own way rather than God’s way or God’s will. Like the Psalmist, we should choose to follow the path of truth, and when we choose to follow that path, we take comfort in knowing that as for God, His way is perfect. The following poem also provides assurance as to where the path that is the will of God will take us.

 The Will of God

Author: Unknown
The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God cannot keep you.
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

We conclude with musical summary of the Verse of the Day:  Indeed, His thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways, as this Christian Worship and Scripture Song from Isaiah 55:6-9 reminds us:

The mystery of His will

November 6, 2015

Ephesians 1-9The Verse of the Day for November 6, 2015 comes from Ephesians 1:9-10 in the New Living Translation:

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.

In a blog entry posted a year ago, I commented on this passage from Ephesians 1:9-10 in the King James Version which used the expression “the mystery of his will,” a phrase relating to the “will of God,” a place where, as believers, we all desire to abide:

Ephesians 1:9-10 (KJV):

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind another related verse that speaks of the “knowledge of His will.” In order to do or accomplish the will of God, we must know what it is. Colossians 1:9 expresses God’s desire for His people in the opening section of a prayer:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

As I began to consider deeply these verses that emphasize “The Will of God,” I thought of a particular poem inspired in part by Ephesians 1:9

The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and

knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,

according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:9

Though we seek to plummet the depths of God’s wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore, as He unfolds the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where God freely pours out His spirit upon all flesh.

As mysteries unfold, we see just how vast they are.

We draw even closer that He might bless and refresh,

As we know Him intimately, not from afar.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore afresh the mystery of His will.

When I located this poem, I noticed the date on which it was originally written: November 6, 2009. When I included the poem in my entry a year ago, I did not notice the date. The phrase from the New Living Translation also comes to mind: “. . . at the right time. . .” I smiled as I noticed this providential intersection of time.

As we endeavor to find and to do the will of God, we may encounter situations that we do not fully understand, but God is not trying to conceal His will. Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us this truth:

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Indeed, it is God’s good pleasure to make known His will to those who diligently seek to find it.

“The Fullness of Time,” the musical composition performed by Bukas Palad is based on a phrase used in Ephesians 1:9:

To find, to know, to do the will of God

October 21, 2015

Psalm 40--8

The Verse of the Day for October 21, 2015 is found in Psalm 40:8 (NLT):

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

Two days ago I posted a blog entry entitled “Take Delight in the Lord” and made reference to Psalm 40:8 in the Amplified Bible:

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

In another previous blog entry on today’s Verse of the Day, I offered the following remarks which have been revised and expanded:

The Verse of the Day for October 21, 2015, in the Amplified Bible brings to mind the First Psalm, the first passage of scripture that I ever committed to memory when I was in grade school, more than 60 years ago, back in the day, in what we called “junior high school.” I remember that Mrs. Little, the local undertaker’s wife, gathered kids from the neighborhood and told us to memorize Psalm 1, which I did and still recall by heart to this day. Psalm 40:8 brought to mind Psalm 1:1-2 from the King James, the version that I chose to memorize:

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Here is a reading of Psalm 1 in Hebrew with English subtitles:

Psalm 1 is set to music in this selection from Kim Hill:

Another related scripture from the Book of Psalms is Psalm 119:11, a special verse that I committed to memory by composing a melody to facilitate memorizing the scripture, the first of a long series of scripture memory songs.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Here is a similar Bible Memory Verse for Kids for Psalm 119:11 by Shannon Linville.

Another related scripture used in the blog “Take delight in the Lord” also comes from Psalm 143:10 in the Amplified Bible:

Teach me to do Your will [so that I may please You],
For You are my God;
Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Since a child, I have been endeavoring to discover the will of God for my life, as expressed in this poem:

The Will of God

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Albert Schweitzer

 

My food is to do the will of Him who sent me,

and to finish His work.

John 4:34 [NKJV]

                                                

To unearth at last the world’s most priceless treasure

And gaze upon the splendor of God’s sovereignty

Is to savor joy unspeakable beyond measure:

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know intimacy beyond the highest degree,

A confident assurance when I acknowledge

And embrace the path, the destiny, prepared for me:

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To live life, knowing I am covered by the Blood

Is to walk with no regret, never to lament,

For all decisions work together for the good:

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Guided and protected by the Shepherd’s staff and rod,

I rejoice to find, to know and do the will of God.

Darius Brooks offers a passionate rendition of “Your Will,” one of my favorite songs focusing on the will of God:

The ways of God: the path of truth

March 3, 2015

isaiah-55 8-9

The Verse of the Day for March 3, 2015 is taken from Isaiah 55: 8-9 (NIV):

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

These verses point out the distinction between the thoughts and ways of God and the thoughts and ways of people. In previous blog entries, I discuss the term “way” which in the Old Testament is translated from the Hebrew word derek, meaning “way, road, path, distance, journey, manner.” It is also referred to as direction, manner, habit, way of life, a course of life or mode of action, a lifestyle.

The expression “the ways of God” also brings to mind another blog entry in which I discussed “The Will of God,” using the analogy of the will of God being a road, a path or a way, looking at the Hebrew word derek which is translated “way, road, path, distance, journey, manner.” It is also referred to as direction, manner, habit, way of life, a course of life or mode of action, a lifestyle.

In the New Testament, the Greek word hodos is translated “a way, a travelled way, road, and when used as a metaphor it means “a course of conduct” “a way (i.e., manner of thinking, feeling, deciding. It is used 100 times with 54 of those times the word is translated “way.”

In “Why Don’t Somebody Help Me Praise the Lord?” a poetic expression of my personal testimony, I refer to “the path of truth”:

Stumblin down the road of life,

I was wastin all my youth,

Then took a right turn to Jesus Christ;

Now I’m walkin the path of truth.

Why Don’t Somebody Help Me Praise the Lord?

In one of a series of posts on the Will of God, I spoke of the will of God as the road less travelled, referring to the often quoted poem by Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken.” Most remarkably I first committed that poem to memory as a junior in high school, back in the middle of the Twentieth Century. I still know the poem by heart and recognize more clearly than ever its application to my life at this time, as I incorporate a reference to Frost in this poem:

The Will of God: the Road Less Traveled by

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

 

The Road Not Taken

—Robert Frost

 

 

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,

but let God transform you into a new person

by changing the way you think. Then you will learn

to know God’s will for you, which is good and

pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:2 (New Living Translation)

 

I begin again this year of my jubilee.

Reflecting on life’s journey, I cannot deny

That the will of God is the road less travelled by:

To choose to serve, even though having been set free.

The straight and narrow way I once again select

I press on while still striving toward the highest good.

In this place we renew our covenant of blood,

Reassured that “As for God His way is perfect.”

I see clearly with new eyes where our paths have led.

In the midst of turbulent times I remain still,

Proving that good and acceptable and perfect will.

I look back, waiting in the now, then look ahead.

Each day God offers another chance to commence:

The choice to do God’s will makes all the difference.

Reflecting on life’s journey, I cannot deny

That the will of God is the road less traveled by.traight and narrow way I once again select.

 

To follow the Will of God is to decide which path we are going to take. Many times it is easier to follow our own path and seek our own way rather than God’s way or God’s will. Like the Psalmist, we should choose to follow the path of truth, taking the “road less traveled by.” When we choose to follow that path, we take comfort in knowing that as for God, His way is perfect. Indeed, His thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways, as this Christian Worship and Scripture Song from Isaiah 55:6-9 reminds us:

 

 

This is the will of God

November 13, 2014

1_Peter_2-15

The Verse of the Day for November 13, 2014 is found in 1 Peter 2:15 (KJV):

For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

Here is the verse rendered in the Amplified Bible:

For it is God’s will and intention that by doing right [your good and honest lives] should silence (muzzle, gag) the ignorant charges and ill-informed criticisms of foolish persons.

This verse specifically indicates God’s will or His intention for believers: that our lives should be of such a sterling character that they silence the ignorant charges and baseless accusations of the foolish, the accusers of the brethren. God desires that each individual give heed to the words of master teacher, Parker J. Palmer, who writes “Let your life speak,” echoing the words of Jesus Christ who admonishes:

“Let your life so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”(Matthew 5:13)

The Verse of the Day leaves no doubt as to what is the will of God. Two other verses in 1 Thessalonians also clearly reveal the will of God.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 (KJV)

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,

Once again, the lives of Christian believers should be above reproach, particularly with regard to sexual immorality, as the Word of God so plainly reveals.

The final indication of the will of God relates to a practice that many American believers associate with the approaching holiday that takes places on the fourth Thursday in November: Thanksgiving. In its most literal sense, the term means to give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us that God’s will is that we are always thankful:

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Once again, the Amplified Bible provides this deeper understanding of God’s will:

Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

One of the ways to perpetually abide in the will of God is to give thanks. Every situation offers an opportunity to be thankful, no matter how bright or bleak life may be. We can always find something to be thankful for, if for nothing more than that we are alive or that our situation could be worse. We can begin with thanking God that we are alive and then adding to the long list of blessings we are enjoying at that moment. Each time we set our minds to be thankful, we are doing the will of God, which is the innermost desire of every believer. To give thanks is to do the will of God.

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir brings closure to our discussion of the will of God by offering “In Everything Give Him Thanks.”

To find, to know, and to do the will of God

November 12, 2014

Colossians_1-9Yesterday, in the English Grammar class that I teach at Carolina College of Biblical Studies in Fayetteville, NC, we discussed “verbals,” words formed from a verb, but they function as different parts of speech, such as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. Among the verbals that we discussed were “infinitives,” which are easily recognized by identifying “to” plus the verb form. One of most recognized pair of infinitives comes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “To be or not to be, that is the question.”

This morning as I was preparing to post a blog entry based on the Word of the Day, I had planned to re-post a previous entry that contains a poem with a series of infinitives. Had I thought about it yesterday, it would have been a perfect illustration of how infinitives can be used as nouns. That was yesterday, but today is another day, and the poem still expresses the same truth regarding “the will of God.”

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day for November 12, 2014, the phrase “the knowledge of His will” was highlighted in my mind.   I began to consider deeply this verse that emphasizes “The Will of God,” the place where I ever desire to be found. As is so often the case, when I wax reflective, I also wax poetic, and in this case, I thought of a particular poem that is part of a quartet of original poems centering on “The Will of God.” Colossians 1:9 especially relates to this poetic expression:

The Will of God

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery. 

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Albert Schweitzer

 

My food is to do the will of Him who sent me,

and to finish His work.

John 4:34 [NKJV]

                                                

To unearth at last the world’s most priceless treasure

And gaze upon the splendor of God’s sovereignty

Is to savor joy unspeakable beyond measure:

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know intimacy beyond the highest degree,

A confident assurance when I acknowledge

And embrace the path, the destiny, prepared for me:

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To live life, knowing I am covered by the Blood

Is to walk with no regret, never to lament,

For all decisions work together for the good:

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Guided and protected by the Shepherd’s staff and rod,

I rejoice to find, to know, to do the will of God.

Numerous songs have been written related to” the will of God.” In fact, a previous blog entry on Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe contains a quartet of poems and songs centering on “The Will of God.” Three are original, and the last one is anonymous. Between each poem is a video of a song related to “The Will of God.”

A song connected to this particular poem is written by Deb Zemke; “His Will” is played and sung by Robert Jason.

Reflecting on the “The Will of God” is a great way to start the day.

Mystery of His will

November 6, 2014

Ephesians 1-9

The Verse of the Day for November 6, 2014 relates to the “will of God,” a place where, as believers, we all desire to abide:

Ephesians 1:9-10 (KJV):

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind another related verse that speaks of the “knowledge of His will.” In order to do or accomplish the will of God, we must know what it is. Colossians 1:9 expresses God’s desire for His people in the opening section of a prayer:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

As I began to consider deeply these verses that emphasize “The Will of God,” I thought of a particular poem inspired in part by Ephesians 1:9:

The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and

knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,  

according to his good pleasure

which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:9

Though we seek to plummet the depths of Your wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore as you unfold the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where You freely pour out Your spirit upon all flesh.

As Your will unfolds, we too see just how vast You are.

We draw even closer that You might bless and refresh,

As we know You intimately, not from afar.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore afresh the mystery of His will.

As we endeavor to find and to do the will of God, we may encounter situations that we do not fully understand, but God is not trying to conceal His will. Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us this truth:

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Indeed, it is God’s good pleasure to make known His will to those who diligently seek to find it.

I delight to do your will

October 21, 2014

Psalm 40--8The Verse of the Day for October 21, 2014 is found in Psalm 40:8 in the Amplified Bible:

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

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day, my mind immediately went to the First Psalm, the first passage of scripture that I ever committed to memory when I was in grade school, more than 60 years ago, way back in the day, in what we called “junior high school.” I remember that Mrs. Little, the local undertaker’s wife, gathered kids from the neighborhood and told us to memorize Psalm 1, which I did and still recall by heart to this day. Psalm 40:8 brought to mind Psalm 1:1-2:

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Here is a reading of Psalm 1 in Hebrew with English subtitles:

Psalm 1 is set to music in this selection from Kim Hill:

The opening phrase of the Verse of the Day, “I delight to do your will” brings to mind the unusual circumstances of the first poem that I ever wrote. This rather accidental (providential) occurrence took place during my first year in college in my freshman composition class when I was asked to write a response to this prompt:”May I Tell You What Delights Me?” I made a list of things 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, catalog poem, in the style of Walt Whitman. Near the top of the list of sources of delight for me was the Psalms of David. Indeed, I concur with the Psalmist who proclaims his delight in doing the will of God, a subject that inspired this poem:

The Will of God

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Albert Schweitzer

 

My food is to do the will of Him who sent me,

and to finish His work.

John 4:34 [NKJV]

                                                

To unearth at last the world’s most priceless treasure

And gaze upon the splendor of God’s sovereignty

Is to savor joy unspeakable beyond measure:

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know intimacy beyond the highest degree,

A confident assurance when I acknowledge

And embrace the path, the destiny, prepared for me:

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To live life, knowing I am covered by the Blood

Is to walk with no regret, never to lament,

For all decisions work together for the good:

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Guided and protected by the Shepherd’s staff and rod,

I rejoice to find, to know and do the will of God.

Monique Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir under the direction of Hezekiah Walker offer “The Will of God”:

The way of truth: The road less travelled by

July 21, 2014

Psalms-119-Verse-30

In Psalm 119:30 we find the Verse of the Day for July 21, 2014:

I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

The expression “the way of truth” is translated from the Hebrew word derek, meaning “way, road, path, distance, journey, manner.” It is also referred to as direction, manner, habit, way of life, a course of life or mode of action, a lifestyle.

The reference to “the way of truth” brings to mind an earlier blog entry in which I discussed “The Will of God,” using the analogy of the will of God being a road, a path or a way, looking at the Hebrew word derek which is translated “way, road, path, distance, journey, manner.” It is also referred to as direction, manner, habit, way of life, a course of life or mode of action, a lifestyle.

In the New Testament, the Greek word hodos is translated “a way, a traveled way, road, and when used as a metaphor it means “a course of conduct” “a way (i.e., manner of thinking, feeling, deciding. It is used 100 times with 54 of those times the word is translated “way.”

In “Why Don’t Somebody Help Me Praise the Lord?” a poetic expression of my personal testimony, I refer to “the path of truth”:

Stumblin down the road of life,

I was wastin all my youth,

Then took a right turn to Jesus Christ;

Now I’m walkin the path of truth.

 

Why Don’t Somebody Help Me Praise the Lord?

In a previous post on the Will of God, I spoke of the will of God as the road less travelled, referring to the often quoted poem by Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken.” Most remarkably I first committed that poem to memory as a junior in high school, back in the middle of the Twentieth Century. I still know the poem by heart and recognize now more clearly than ever its application to my life at this time:

The Will of God: the Road Less Travelled by

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

 

The Road Not Taken

—Robert Frost

 

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,

but let God transform you into a new person          

by changing the way you think. Then you will learn

to know God’s will for you, which is good and            

pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:2 (New Living Translation)

I begin again this year of my jubilee.

Reflecting on life’s journey, I cannot deny

That the will of God is the road less travelled by:

To choose to serve, even though having been set free.

The straight and narrow way I once again select.

I press on, still striving toward the highest good.

In this place we renew our covenant of blood,

Reassured that “As for God His way is perfect.”

I see clearly with new eyes where our paths have led.

In the midst of turbulent times I remain still,

Proving that good and acceptable and perfect will.

I look back, waiting in the now, then look ahead.

Each day God offers another chance to commence:

The choice to do God’s will makes all the difference.

To follow the Will of God is to decide which path we are going to take. Many times it is easier to follow our own path and seek our own way rather than God’s way or God’s will. Like the Psalmist, we should choose to follow the path of truth, taking the “road less travelled by.” When we choose to follow that path, we will realize the truth expressed in the hymn composed by Fannie J. Crosby, one of the most prolific hymn writers of all times: “All the Way My Savior Leads Me.”