God Himself testified of David as a man after God’s own heart. When God had rejected Saul from reigning over Israel, God told Samuel that he had chosen a man after His own heart. David had a very close relationship with God and the above verse is a prayer that arose sincerely from his heart to God. In spite of God’s testimony about David, he still desired to do God’s will and prayed to God to be taught to do His will. David considered himself like a child before God which is evident from the manner he speaks to God. The more God blessed David spiritually, raised him up to privileged positions and finally anointed him to be King over Israel, the more David leaned on to God to be led by Him. Despite all the experiences and revelations David had with God, he stressed on the words “You are my God”. These words reveal his personal relationship with God.
David did not depend on his strength or wisdom to conduct himself but he desired for God’s good Holy Spirit to lead him to live in righteousness. This kind of prayer can arise only out of an innocent heart. We ought to pray likewise to ask God to teach us to do His will, confess that He is our God and hand over yourself to His Holy Spirit to lead you.
Psalms 40:8 “I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”
Here you see the good desire of David to do God’s will. We too need to have a father-child bond with God and tell Him innocently that we desire to do His will just as David desired to conduct himself according to God’s law. We need to analyze ourselves and check if our deeds are according to God’s law. If we do not follow God’s law we are dishonest in our devotion towards God. But if we are led according to God’s will, God calls us His beloved children. It is very important to know God’s purpose for us. There are situations when God is silent and we may misunderstand God’s will. Joseph was chosen at age 17 but until age 30 he did not understand God’s purpose for him yet he did not speak a word against God. Instead, he understood that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28-30). This is evident from Joseph’s response to his brothers that though they meant evil against him, God meant it for good in order to bring it about as it was that day,.”(Gen50:20:22). Therefore if we humble ourselves before God during adverse situations knowing that God is in control of the situation, we will not be disappointed and will receive God’s blessings in due time.
Apostle Paul inquired of God thrice during his difficult time and God answered at the third time “My grace is sufficient for you…” 2Cor12:9. We are sustained today not because of our might but because of God’s grace. We need to understand the value of God’s will as said in Matt7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” If our aim is eternal life with God, we would need to submit ourselves to God’s will. Jesus Christ has clearly revealed through His life how one could live according to God’s purpose and has explicitly said that those who have seen Him have seen God. (John4:34) says” My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work”. Jesus desired to do the will of God more than satisfying his hunger.
This shows that God desires us also to value His will and seek to do it. What more can we offer to God who blessed us with His presence when we were rejected by our own family or friends. God delivered us with His righteous right hand and saved us by laying down His life for us so we would understand God’s desire for us that we surrender ourselves to be led according to His will for us.
God does not want us to lose His promised eternity. Hence there is nothing more important in our life than looking forward to our eternal life with God. We ought to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and with that all the things shall be added unto us (Matt 6:33). God will strengthen us to do His will.
Pr. Juxy Mathew