Psalm 40:8 – Verse of the Day 10/9/14
The word “delight” is one of those words that we do not use very much these days. What does it mean to experience delight? Can you think of a time when you were delighted? Probably the first thing that comes to mind is a time when something very pleasing happened to you.
The interesting thing about Psalm 40 is that it contains both joy and sadness. The author is in the midst of trouble, but he remembers the joy and hope rooted in God’s faithfulness in the past. This verse sits right in between the joy and the sadness, and the point is that the author can delight in the midst of present troubles because he remembers God’s past faithfulness. He trusts God’s law and hides it within his heart because he knows that God’s will has always proven true.
When circumstances are difficult it is easy to forget that God is good and that the teachings of the Bible are for our benefit. As you spend time in prayer, ask God for help in the midst of your daily needs, but also be sure to give Him thanks for His faithfulness in the past. Ask God for the ability to see His wise commands as a blessing and to give you the desire to follow them.