Words from the Heart for Saturday March 4th, 2017
Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.
Psalm 40:7-8 (NIV)
I Delight To Do Your Will
This verse is an opportunity to hear how the Lord Jesus Christ announced to the Heavenly Father that He was willing to come to give His life on the cross. He even said He was delighted to do His will. His “yes” made an eternal difference for so many—for us! Are we also saying “yes” to the Lord today? Your “yes” can benefit many.
The government of Canada has an official newspaper called the Canada Gazette. First published on October 2, 1841 it was created to publish all acts of the Parliament of Canada. Later it included treaties, the record of hearings and tribunals, and publications and regulations. While not always widely read by the public, publication in the Gazette is considered official notice to all Canadians. After a regulation has been approved by the Privy Council Office and then the Cabinet of Canada, the regulation is published in the Gazette. If a regulation has not been published in the Gazette, a person cannot be convicted of the offence. Canada’s provinces all have their own versions of the Gazette. Until 1998 the Gazette was published in print. An online edition was introduced in 1998 and it is now available only in that format.
Have you noticed how easy it is to do something for those you love? When your son or daughter asks for your help, don’t you find great satisfaction in giving it? Isn’t it easy to do some loving act for your husband or wife? When we love someone, it is natural to want to serve them and live in such a way that they are brought great joy. This is what should drive us in our relationship to the living and loving God whom we have come to know through faith in Jesus Christ. King David understood this. So he writes in Psalm 40:7-8 “Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” King David says he delights – finds great joy – in doing God’s will. I’m not sure where the idea came that living a godly life somehow is drudgery and painful. It ought to be quite the contrary. If we truly love God, we want to do as He requires. Every day we need to commit ourselves to saying “Lord, today I want to bring You joy. Guide me by Your word so that I know how best to do that.” What a difference that will make in your own life. For when we bring joy to God, He brings joy to us.
These have been words from the heart.