Sunday, April 3, 2022
“I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8 KJV).
What is the “delight” that is right?
For six years, a woman once used a manual typewriter to type out every number from 1 to 1,000,000. It had taken her nearly 2,500 pages to complete the task. When asked why she had engaged in such strange behavior, she replied, “I just love typing!” If this lady could find enjoyment passing her time doing something so trivial, perhaps we as Bible-believing Christians will find more pleasure in our Heavenly Father’s business.
Today’s Scripture in context: “ Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.  Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” The significance of this passage was not readily apparent to King David, through whom the Holy Spirit was writing, or any other Old Testament saint. It would take one millennium before God revealed just what these verses implied.
We turn now to the Book of Hebrews, chapter 10: “ Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.” The Holy Spirit has interpreted Psalms’ “mine ears hast thou opened” as, in Hebrews, “but a body hast thou prepared for me.” Chapter 10 of Hebrews throws additional light: “ By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;….”
Psalm 40 is Messianic, a foretelling of Jesus Christ’s life and ministry….