Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Living Instruction

“I delight to do Your will, my God; Your instruction lives within me.” (Psalm 40:8)

What a great thought – God’s instruction lives within us! We see this idea expanded in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.”

God’s instruction is His word. Through the Bible, He teaches us how He wants us to live, or, how we can live the most effective life that a human being can possibly live. Because His Spirit dwells within us, His word is thus “living” in us, meaning that it is always there and always at work in our minds and our hearts, shaping our lives. We do not follow His instructions in order to be saved, but because we are saved. Our personal relationship with Him leads us to seek a life that brings honor and glory to Him

God’s living instruction within us thus leads us to a place of delight, a place where the will of God is paramount to us. It delights us to do His will, to live in the ways that most honor Him.

Lord, Help us today to delight in doing Your will because of Your instruction that lives within us. Amen.

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