Delighting to Do God's Will
Psalm 40, in part, is a testimonial to the greatness of God (cf.v.16). The Lord is a helper, a deliverer from the muck and mire of this life. Whether occasions trap us in despair or whether it is the consequences of our own sinfulness, the Lord is pleased to save and give us a way of life that is sure and stable, v.2.
But there is another aspect beginning in verses 6-8. The Lord’s Old Testament sacrificial system was not the ultimate requirement for sin, v.6. The antitype of the animal blood sacrifice was the Son of God, v.7. From the words of the Psalmist –“Behold I come in the scroll of the book, it is written
of me,” the reference is Christ (Hebrews 10:7-9). Moving from the thoughts of the Psalmist to that of Jesus Christ, we observe Jesus’ revelation (v.6) that it was his death that was God’s will.
Without question or hesitation we read the reply – “I delight to do your will, O my God …”
There is no question about the thrill of experiencing God’s power in answer to our plea. Yet, it is another thing to accept what the Lord wants, which may place us in a momentary disadvantage for the welfare of others. The holiday season is full of joy around family connections and the mental well-being of good living. But there are some in our church or connected with our church who don’t have all of the above, especially, family connection. Consider pleasing the Lord by sharing some of your joy for the joy of others.
May those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
--E.C. Malone 11/14/14