I desire to do Your will, my God; Your law is within my heart. – (Psalm 40:8, NIV)
I want to do Your will, my God. Your instruction is deep within me. – (Psalm 40:8, CEB)
I am pleased to live how You want, my God. Your law is etched into my heart and soul. – (Psalm 40:8, VOICE)
The more we choose to invest our hearts, minds and time into God and His word, the more it takes root, deep within us. Each time His love is made evident through a decision I make, I am in awe of who He is and how He loves. Recently, I received a message that initially irritated and frustrated me. I began to respond in sarcasm, rather than in love. My spirit stirred within me, and I slowed down, and thought about what might have motivated the original message that I received, and I was filled with compassion and changed my response to one that was motivated by love, rather than selfish reacting. How I replied may or may not have had an impact on the recipient, but it had a significant impact on me. No matter what I “think” the intent might be, I must slow down, listen to the Lord, and respond in love. Even if my response is clarifying questions or silence until I am able to respond according to that which He has etched upon my heart, it is my intent to do so, regardless of how things appear in my own eyes. May we desire to do the will of our loving Heavenly Father, and allow Him to continue to etch His instruction into our hearts.
O Lord, I desire,
To do well, Your will;
Follow Your leading,
Love as my heart’s filled.
For deep in my heart,
You’ve written Your ways;
To lead and guide me,
For all of my days.
Lord, above all things,
May Your great love lead;
So my life’s pleasing,
In word, thought and deed.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we desire to do Your will, and choose to invest time with You and in Your word, You refine us and write Your instruction upon our hearts. Forgive us for ignoring Your still small voice within us, that shows us what to do and say that abides by Your way. Teach us to listen to Your leading in all things and at all times, so that we would extend the same love and grace to others that You give to us. Show us how to love those around us, even when we think that they do not deserve it, as that is usually when it is needed the most. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we ever seek after You and Your will, and allow You to etch Your instruction deep within us so that we will walk in Your way for all of our days. Amen.
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us. – Psalm 67:1