Posts Tagged ‘The Will of God’

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.”

 

The Will of God: The road less traveled by

June 9, 2014

Matthew 7--13-14

The Verse of the Day for June 9, 2014 is found in Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV):

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The Amplified Bible renders the passage this way:

13 Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.

14 But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.

As I reflect upon this familiar passage, a confluence of poetry floods my mind, beginning with my Junior English class in high school when Mrs. Hortense House required our class to memorize two poems “Barter” by Sara Teasdale and “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, both of which I committed to memory 56 years ago and  still find them applicable today.

The reference to “the broad way” in contrast to “the narrow way” also brings to mind an earlier blog entry in which I discussed “The Will of God.” Also I thought of another poem in which I refer to the Frost poem in a work related to the will of God. The poem is called “The Will of God: the Road Less Travelled By.”

In the blog entry I spoke of 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.” Matthew 7:13-14 mentions “the broad way” and the “narrow way.”When I say that the Will of God is the road less travelled, I recognize now more clearly than ever what that means in light of the poem that I first memorized years ago. Here is the poem that I wrote:

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 traveled 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 you 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. This anonymous poem gives us comfort and consolation when we decide to take the road less traveled by and follow God’s will, no matter where it takes 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.

Darrius Brooks offers a stirring rendition of “Your Will” as a musical summation of today’s blog entry.

1 Peter 2:15-16—A servant doing the will of God

November 13, 2013

1 Peter 2--15-16 2

As a servant of God, someone who is concerned about finding and doing the will of God, the Verse of the Day for November 13, 2013 really resonated with me.  My blog entry on the Verse of the Day for yesterday focused on the will of God, and I indicated that I had touched upon the subject in previous entries. Similarly in thinking of myself as one who serves the Lord with gladness, I have discussed this particular designation of “servant” or “bondslave” on numerous occasions.  Both of these concepts encircle the two verses from 1 Peter 2:15-16: A reference to “the will of God” opens the passage, while the phrase “servants of God” closes the second verse.

Yesterday’s blog entry included a poem entitled “The Will of God” which was part of a set of poems based on that subject.  The second poem in the series is perfectly suited to today’s verse:

The Will of God II

“The will of God, nothing less, nothing more, nothing else”

Anonymous

 

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God

in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

 I Thessalonians 5:18

 

God unfolds before me the mystery of His will.

I may not fully understand, but I will nod

In agreement that I still say yes to His will

Despite the rugged mountain terrain I have trod,

I persist and press on to fully do His will.

In everything give thanks: this is the will of God.

At all times and places I can fulfill His will.

Whatever comes my way I will serve Him until

The day when He calls me home or Christ returns.

I align my will with His until the two are one.

Ever the eager servant, I am one who learns

To humbly say, “Not my will but Yours be done.”

The will of God, nothing less, nothing more, nothing else,

But truly doing the will of God is something else.

 

As a bondslave of the Lord, endeavoring to do the will of God, here are more reflections on the subject.

Colossians 1:9: The knowledge of His will

November 12, 2013

Colossians_1-9

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day for November 12, 2013, 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 and 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.” Here is the link:

https://drlej.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/reflections-on-the-will-of-god-a-quartet-of-poems-and-songs/

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 knowledge of His will” is a great way to start the day.

Reflections on the Will of God: A Quartet of Poems and Songs

January 10, 2012

“To discover the will of God is the greatest discovery,” says Albert Schweitzer.

Have you ever unexpectedly heard or come across a statement that stopped you in your tracks and shook you to the very core of your being. Not too long ago, I read a statement posted on the Facebook page of someone I had not seen nor heard from in more than 20 years.  This quote from Douglas Adams  arrested my attention: “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” As I read the words, I chuckled, smiling widely to hold back the tears.  All I can say in response is “Amen, Brother! You got that right!” I took it personally, and that’s why it touched me so deeply.

Upon further reflection, I related the quote to “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 recall a quartet of poems centering on “The Will of God.” The first three are original, and the last one is anonymous. Between each poem is a video of a song related to “The Will of God.”

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.

This recording of “The Will of God” is by Hezekiah Walker and Love Fellowship Choir:

The Will of God II

“The will of God, nothing less, nothing more, nothing else”

Anonymous

 

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God            

in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

I Thessalonians 5:18

 

God unfolds before me the mystery of His will.

I may not fully understand, but I will nod

In agreement that I still say yes to His will.

Despite the rugged mountain terrain I have trod,

I persist and press on to fully do His will.

In everything give thanks: this is the will of God.

At all times and places I can fulfill His will.

Whatever comes my way I will serve Him until

The day when He calls me home or Christ returns.

I align my will with His until the two are one.

Ever the eager servant, I am one who learns

To humbly say, “Not my will but Yours be done.”

The will of God, nothing less, nothing more, nothing else,

But truly doing the will of God is something else.

Written by Deb Zemke, “His Will” is played and sung by Robert Jason:

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.

                   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.

Darius Brooks offers a passionate rendition of “Your Will.”

A powerful statement regarding “The Will of God.”

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.

This final selection provides a reaffirmation of my commitment, in that “I’m Staying in Your Will” by Men of Standard.

As I was preparing to close this blog, I thought of the lyrics to a song that I composed and have  sung to the Lord on so many occasions. It seems an appropriate reprise to my “lifelong song”, sung from the depths of the heart of a man whose ultimate desire is to do the will of God:

I’ll Do Whatever It Takes

At times as I go through life, I may stumble,

But I keep walking, as I renew my mind and stay humble.

As I follow the Lord and proclaim His Word, I will make mistakes,

But I am determined to finish my course. I’ll do whatever it takes.
I’ll do whatever it takes. Lord, I’ll do whatever it takes

To accomplish your will, to keep standing until

God calls me home or Christ returns,

Lord, I’ll do whatever it takes.

Despite our best efforts to find safety in other places,”The safest place to be is within the Will of God.”