Today From Psalms
His Will – My Delight
When men try to praise other men there is always the temptation to exaggerate. We can paint a picture bigger than life when we have be impressed by another person.
When it comes, though, to giving God praise we cannot even begin to declare the greatness of God. No man could ever list adequately all the great attributes of God. David expresses this in Psalm 40:5 “Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”
God’s wonderful works are far more than we could number. God’s thoughts, which to some degree are revealed in His Word, exceed the greatest of minds.
In the first three verses of Psalm 40, the author lists just a couple of the mighty works of God. First, God stops and listens to our cry. This alone is a marvelous thought. To know that the God of the universe pauses to hear my cry. Me, one out of over 7 billion people, God hears my cry. Second, God has brought us up “out of an horrible pit.” That pit is the pit of sin and it is filled with miry clay, filthy mudding dirt. In this pit there is no solid footing. Out of this pit no man can save himself. But God “brought me up.” God pauses, heard my cry and lifted me out of the pit. When He did, he “set my feet upon a rock.” Whereas there was no soundness where I had been, God has given me a firm foundation. Once on a sure foundation God “established my goings.” He gave me direction for my life. Direction which will keep me out of the pit. How marvelous, how mighty, how majestic is our God.
Now I have reason to praise the Lord and to accomplish this I have a new song. This is not the song of world who knows not God nor is it the lyrics of a lost soul. It is a new song, a song of praise for all the mighty works of God.
He has given purpose for living. Many can see what God has done for me and will trust in the Lord.
Since God has done so much for me, far more than can be written about on a single page, how do I respond?
God looks for one thing in the person who wishes to express their gratitude for all the mighty works He has done. It is found in verse 8: “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
Delight in God’s will for us and allowing His law to be our guide is all the Lord seeks. Is this too complicated for us? No! It is only our ingratitude that keeps us from delighting in God’s will.
Pause for a moment and mediate on the wonderful works God has done. You cannot consider the wonderful works of God and appreciate them without saying: “I delight to do thy will, O my God.”