Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the paths of your commands, for there I find delight.
— Psalm 119: 33-35 NIV

David, a man of deep calling and deeper character, was chosen by God to be king of Israel and restore the hope of the nation. One of the greatest attributes that allowed God to use David to do this incredible task and accomplish all that he did was his obedience. It was a trait that was imbedded deep into David’s heart and mind. If you look at Psalm 119:33-35 shows you a glimpse into David’s heart as he pursues obedience in his life. He desires to follow God’s commands and laws. He is diligent about seeking after the meaning of what God is asking him to do. It is one of Davids deepest cries to God. He wants to follow God’s commands. He teaches us in this passage that when we are obedient to what God is calling us to do and abiding in God’s commands, we find a deep delight. There is no greater delight when we find ourselves aligned and stable in the will of God.

obedience and love

We are called to partake in this delight as we obey our Father. Jesus in John 14 beginning in verse 21, is talking to His disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit after He is to die and leave the earth. He is encouraging them in that and then says “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them." Obedience goes hand in hand with love for God. As we fall in love with God more and more, the easier it is to seek after God’s will for our life and willingly say yes to it despite the cost. Look at David as an example of this. He is willing to risk his life and run from a king that is trying to kill him and lead his army into battle after battle, and lead an entire nation because He loves God. That is what obedience looks like. May we love Jesus enough to know that he is the way, the truth, and the life, and to follow his commands.

So let us fight the good fight of the faith and walk forward in our walks with Jesus, driven by love to abide in what God is calling us to do. There are things in your life that you might have to ask for understanding. That is ok, David did that. When we approach God with questions about His will but trust in Him, He answers faithfully. On the other hand, there are things in your life that you know God is calling you to do. There are opportunities at your fingertips that the Lord is asking you to abide in. Maybe that is asking a friend you met in class to Freshley, or maybe that is spending your summer missionally overseas, or potentially sacrificing your personal desires to dive deeper into His word. May you be so moved by God’s love for you enough to love Him back and obey what He is asking of you. For in obedience, we find our deepest delight.

pray

Dear Lord, May your Word God be a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. May you show me and lead me into the places where obedience is required of me. Fill me, Holy Spirit, with boldness to speak of your love and quickly respond to the things you are calling me to. Thank you God that you are worth the cost that comes with obedience. Amen.

- Ladd Morgan