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I Delight to Do Your Will
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; my ears you have opened , burnt offering and sin offering you did not require. Then I said, ‘Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O my God, and our law is within my heart’” (Psalm 40:6-8). This is the song of one who, after many trials, even many years of struggle, has come to know the faithfulness, the righteousness, and the love of God in his own life. It is a recognition of the connection between God’s law and one’s own life. I remember being a teenager struggling to break free of my father’s “rules” and how I saw them as nothing less than arbitrary constraints on my freedom to do what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it. It was a matter of great tension between us for a long time. He was also a man of strong and devout faith. He did not hesitate to remind me of God’s law and my duty to learn it, to understand it, and to live in accord with it. But there was too much of youthful ignorance and arrogance in me. I rebelled against what I perceived as my father’s subjective and arbitrary will over me willfully and regularly. Needless to say, I was not happy and it took me a long time to figure out that my unhappiness was of my own making. I had to discover that real freedom is very different than my imagined sense of it. I had yet to gain the wisdom that is necessary for real happiness. What is that wisdom? It is the wisdom that only comes with maturity, that is, maturity of character and maturity of faith. It is…