In David’s day doing God’s will was living according to His laws. King David tells us that God’s law is an integral part of who he is. His obedience wasn’t external for show, but rather proceeded from his heart. It is said that the heart is the seat of the soul*. The soul is the place where moral judgments are made. God’s laws are to be sewn there so that one might reap a bumper crop of God’s favor. Living outside His law was not a place one wants to be.
Today, we live under the dispensation or period of grace. While we live out God’s laws based on level of commitment, we are not bound by them. It is not a requirement. Matthew Henry is quoted as saying: “When the law of God is written in our hearts our duty will be our delight.” It should be our good pleasure to live a life that is pleasing to our Lord. Our obedience needs to be heartfelt and not regimented. Serving God should be a pleasure and a privilege, not a hardship. It all depends the depth of your relationship with the Lord.
Being a Christian needn’t be a chore. It can be a very delightful experience as you allow your faith and trust in God to expand. Don’t shirk your responsibilities as followers of Christ. Dig into God’s word with delightful passion and plant His word within your heart. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
* A part of humans regarded as immaterial, immortal, separable from the body at death, capable of moral judgment, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state.
Resources: Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible; Barnes’ Notes on the Bible; The Reformation Study Bible; American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.