In the world but not of it

October 4, 2010

Duty becomes delight…

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For Your law is my delight. Psalm 119:77

In the scriptures we see Jesus rising early to spend time with the Father. We have further instruction in the Bible on the importance of daily communion with the Lord and meditation on His word.

We know intuitively there is great benefit in spending time in the word but in practice it is a difficult thing for many to do. The world teaches that it takes 21 days to form a habit and many of us who try to get in shape, start a diet or learn some new skill typically start out with great enthusiasm but because those feelings and emotions don’t seem to stay with us we just quit.

It took years for me to come to terms with the fact that knowing God and His word would not be something I achieved by treating it like a rule. It is a relationship and as in all relationships it takes time to shape them.

We must put forth the effort to spend time in the word, in prayer and in communion with our Lord. When my children were young we started them on picture bibles. As they got older we gave them bibles with one sentence on each page, then bibles with a few sentences on each page and so on.

They performed their duty each morning until it became a delight. This is what the Psalmist is telling us here, that the law (the word of God) becomes our delight. Duty becomes delight as we make the effort to spend time with the Lord.

Duty becomes delight when what you do is from a heart that desires to please God and not yourself…

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