“I take joy in doing your will, my God…” (Ps. 40:8, NLT).
Holy Spirit has been stirring this verse in my heart for over a month now. I am ruminating on its significance. These words prophetically expressed Jesus’ heart before He came to earth in the flesh. Holy Spirit is talking to me about imitating this fundamental attitude of my Savior. I believe He wants to bless your heart with this message today too.
What does it look like, to take joy in doing His will? It must be something like what Jesus meant when He told His disciples, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34, NKJV). Doing the Father’s will, we can conclude from these words, is something nourishing. Something strengthening. Something richly satisfying. Something from which we can draw immense joy – no matter how apparently simple the task.
I am also coming to understand that doing His will is going to look different for every individual life. God doesn’t look at you and wish that your life looked more like someone else’s that you admire. Instead, He longs for you to know that He made such a special, one-of-a-kind plan for your lifetime that looks nothing like anyone else’s (beyond basic building blocks like belonging to a family, participating in community, etc.).
Doing His will, for you, is going to be something extremely unique. He doesn’t measure the value of what you do for Him by numbers, statistics, or even measurable results. He simply takes delight in your offering of yourself to Him for the exclusive expression of His creative purposes. Through your hands, heart, smile, and the hours of your day, He will make the world a better place today. As you live out who you are, empowered and directed by His Spirit, His light will shine through you. His kingdom shall come, and His will shall be done, on earth as it is in heaven… through the willing offering of each of your days to Him.
Whatever you were created to do for Him, will nourish you as you do it. It will bring you profound satisfaction. You will truly be able to “take joy in doing His will.” Don’t waste time thinking your life should look more like someone else’s. Right now, right where you are today, you truly can take pleasure in doing His will. You can be fed and strengthened by living out the purposes He has for you.
He wrote these purposes into His book before one of your days came to be (Ps. 139:16). So, just like Jesus did, you can say to the Father, “Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God…” (Ps. 40:7-8, NKJV).
Each morning, you can present yourself to Him as a living offering of worship. “You have this day written in your book, Daddy God! I am here. I have come to do Your will. Take me by the hand and lead me through this day, as You have planned it from before the foundation of the world. My heart rests in Your promise to lead. I take great joy in doing Your will, my Father!”
The janitor who keeps the church clean – is his/her work any more or less significant to the Lord than that of an evangelist like Billy Graham?