“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 40:8

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TODAY’S WORD…

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I take joy in doing your will, my God,

for your instructions are written on my heart.

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– Psalm 40:8 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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I take joy in doing Your will, my God…

Do I?

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…for Your instructions are written on my heart.

Are they?

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Undeniably, there are times when obeying God is hard.

Even Jesus experience that

as He wrestled with His Father’s will in the Garden of Gethsemane.

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Ultimately, however, whether doing God’s will is hard or easy,

we are rewarded with a very special divine and indescribable pleasure and joy.

This comes from knowing that what we are doing honours and glorifies God.

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Moreover, when we do what is right,

we feel a sense of well-being that comes from achieving our life’s purpose. We have been put on this earth to live for God’s glory,

so when we do it, we feel joy.

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Our intellect rejoices

and so does our heart

because it is from deep inside of us that we know and accept

that God’s Word is the Truth, the Way and the Life

– the only Truth, the only Way, and the only Life.

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PRAYER…

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O Lord, You know that there are times when I struggle to do Your will

as I battle between the desire for short-term pleasures rather than the long-term joy of obeying Your truth.

But I know very well that obeying You, my God, is what gives me delight, especially because it honours and glorifies You.

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Lord, shape my mind and heart, that I will always deeply desire what is right and despise what is wrong, and experience that great joy in obeying You.

Amen.

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