Commands of delight

“for I delight in Your commands because I love them.” -Psalm 119:47

Continuing his thought from the previous verse, the psalmist is not silent about what he loves. He delights in God’s ways. The more teaching, understanding, and obedience which follows, the more we delight too. The Lord provides wisdom when we ask for it, allowing us to grow deeper in the rich soil of Scripture (James 1:5-8). Then we are given thousands of opportunities each day to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit and mature as saints. Wisdom collides with training for our sanctification which makes God’s commands very practical for everyday living. This is the adventure of saints which will last an earthly lifetime. God is faithful to help every believer grow from curiosity, to instruction, to action, to eternally satisfying love in Him.

“I lift up my hands to Your commands, which I love, and I meditate on Your decrees.” -Psalm 119:48

Worship. Love. Meditation. The sequence is in reverse for our response to God once we digest a portion of His Word. The psalmist lifts up his hands in worship because he loves his God, because he has marinated in truth and found it satisfyingly sweet. There is no substitute for Scripture which will give us life and peace through Jesus Christ. Only God leads to everlasting joy which is why we too can lift up our hands in worship of the Law-Giver and Redeemer. He is our Great Delight.

Grace upon grace,


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