SUBMIT YOURSELF TO HIS GOD
Today’s devotion, in my humble opinion, is deep and profound. It speaks to the heart of every believer. That is to say, our willingness to submit to His will is crucial to our relationship with Him. Our ability to surrender our complete self to His will and His way is a clear indication of our deep commitment to Him. To be able to say, Not my will but thy will be done impacts every phase and facet of our lives. Far too often, when we pray, we leave out the words “to His will”. Our prayers center around what we want, opposed to what His will is for our lives. I must admit, that it is hard at times, for His ways are not our ways and His thoughts not our thoughts. Nevertheless, He knows what is best for us. Let me be clear: this devotion speaks to all of us, including myself. I cannot count the times when I have prayed without committing to His will. I am grateful that He knows what is best for me. I cannot always see it at the time I am praying. Ultimately, His will is made known as I follow Him. That is why this devotion is so rich. In Psalm 40:8, we find these words:
“I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”
The psalmist responds to God’s goodness. Throughout this psalm, he indicates that he has waited patiently for the Lord. The Lord has blessed His life and brought Him out of a horrible pit. “Blessed is the man that makes the Lord his trust and does not turn proud,” he writes. We read in verse 8, that he delights himself in the will of God. The psalmist recognizes God prefers obedience to sacrifice. God wants full allegiance and surrender. The law is written upon his heart. The psalmist has dedicated his entire being in the delight of the Lord. He is grateful to be able to do the will of God. What a powerful testimony! Prayerfully, we all desire to do His will.
Psalm 40:8 (NIV)