. . . His delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Many days, when I’m cross referencing from one passage to another, I discover a tie-in between stories I never knew were related. To connect the dots is so cool! I’ll have to call my daughter to talk about it and wait to tell Ron when he gets home from work. It’s easy to delight in God’s statutes on those occasions. When God’s Word feels like a feast, I treasure it.
What about days when I’m prone to worry? Do I delight in His words that address my fear? When I’m depressed over my mistakes, do I take joy in His words that remind me of His daily mercies? When I’m nursing a grudge, do I love His words about forgiveness? I can easily be like a child who loves commandments that are naturally appealing but despises those which tell me something I don’t want to hear.
Every single day brings a set of circumstances that challenge my love for God’s ways. I will not instinctively love His Word when it corrects me or causes me to stretch out of my comfort zone. When Jesus beckons me to move out of a familiar set of emotions that aren’t good for me, though they are as comfortable as my favorite old shirt and a pair of jeans, I need to understand that the outfit is really a set of grave clothes. Jesus calls every child to come out of the tomb into resurrection life. That sounds inspirational and appealing until I find how resistant I am to the Light. When it exposes my darkness, I can be offended and never get over it. I prefer to live in my tomb. The ways of the flesh are the ways of death. I know this, yet they’re just so ingrained in this fallen nature. I must tell myself, many times a day, to embrace the ways of God. As I do, and as I trust God enough to push through my offense into obedience, I realize that I have found freedom. Delighting, then, comes easily.
David’s promise to delight in God’s statutes is two things. 1.) It is a sentimental expression. 2.) But it is also an expression of faith prior to obedience.
I need Your grace to desire You. Keep my heart alive and straining for the Light. In Jesus name, Amen